Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf is due in court Friday on newly filed misdemeanor domestic violence charges stemming from his arrest in Palm Desert over Memorial Day weekend.
Leaf, 44, is set to be arraigned at the Larson Justice Center in Indio on one count each of domestic battery and false imprisonment. The criminal complaint filed by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday lists the victim as “Jane Doe.”
The defendant remains out of custody on $5,000 bond, which he posted the night of his May 22 arrest at a residence on Grapevine Street.
Legal problems for the former NFL quarterback began when he was indicted on burglary and controlled substance charges in Texas in 2009. Leaf pleaded guilty in 2010 to seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of delivery of a simulated controlled substance, all felonies, and was sentenced to 10 years probation and fined $20,000.
Leaf was sentenced in September 2014 to five years in a Texas prison for violating parole from a 2012 drug possession case, but prosecutors allowed him to use time served in Montana to fulfill the sentence and he was released in early December 2014.
After getting out of prison, Leaf began working to assist addicts and alcoholics stay sober as a program ambassador for the Los Angeles-based Transcend Recovery Community.
In 2019, Leaf joined ESPN as a college football analyst after being a studio and game analyst for the Pac-12 Network.
Leaf was the second selection in the 1998 NFL draft behind Peyton Manning. The NFL Network documentary series, “NFL Top 10,” ranked him as the No. 1 draft bust of all time.
Leaf played for the San Diego Chargers in the 1998 and 2000 seasons, missing the 1999 season because of a shoulder injury, but the Chargers released him following the 2000 season. He spent the 2001 preseason with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but was released before the start of the season.
Leaf played four games with the Dallas Cowboys in 2001, starting three, all losses, and was released, ending his playing career.
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