Former NFL QB Ryan Leaf arrested on suspicion of domestic battery

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested Friday afternoon in Palm Desert for suspected domestic battery crime.

Leaf, 44, was arrested around 2 p.m. on Grapevine Street in Palm Desert, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The exact location has not been released.

Leaf was booked for the domestic battery and was held at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility for $ 5,000 bail, the Sheriff Department reported. From 9 p.m. Friday, the sheriff’s records did not indicate that Leaf had been released.

Leaf is scheduled to appear in court at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the Larson Justice Center in Indio.

Leaf has had a number of legal issues dating back to 2009, and has been in a Montana prison for a guilty plea for burglary and drug possession.

Leaf joined ESPN in 2019 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 draw behind Peyton Manning. NFL Network’s documentary series, “NFL Top 10”, ranked him as the No. 1 concept bust of all time.

Leaf played for the San Diego Chargers in the 1998 and 2000 seasons and missed the 1999 season due to a shoulder injury.

Leaf was released by the Chargers after 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 losing, and was released after the season, ending his playing career.

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