Former QB Ryan Leaf arrested on domestic battery charge

Ruben Hill
May 23, 2020

Former Washington State quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery in Palm Springs, CA Friday, according to TMZ.

Leaf was arrested around 2 p.m. local time and is being held at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, California, on $5,000 bail, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

The former WSU and National Football League quarterback was taken into custody around 2 PM PT and his bail was set at $5,000, according to jail records.

Almost 22 years after he placed 3rd in the Heisman Trophy voting, Leaf was inducted into the Washington State Cougars Hall of Fame in September 2019.

The charges mark a setback for Leaf, considered one of the biggest busts in National Football League history after being selected No. 2 following Peyton Manning in the 1998 draft.

He was arrested multiple times for drug possession and burglary.

Leaf then spent two years in prison in 2012 after breaking into a Montana home to steal prescription drugs, which was in violation of his Texas probation order.

After his release, Leaf worked to recover and built a new career in sportscasting. Leaf and broadcast partner Clay Matvick were on the call for the Cougars' most recent game, a 31-21 loss to Air Force in the Cheez-It Bowl at Chase Field in Phoenix.

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