PALM DESERT, California – Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested in Southern California on Friday.
Leaf, 44, was arrested on a battery charge in Palm Desert, some 177 kilometers southeast of Los Angeles, according to booking information provided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday. Leaf is being held on $ 5,000 bail at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility.
It was not immediately known whether Leaf had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.
Leaf finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 1997 and led Washington State to the Rose Bowl. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers as number 2 in 1998, but he was only 4-14 as a starter in three seasons. He was 0-3 with the Dallas Cowboys in 2001 and completed his four-year career with 14 touchdown passes and 36 interceptions.
He was arrested in 2012 for breaking into a Montana home to steal prescription drugs, which violated his probation in Texas and led to jail.
Last July, Leaf was hired by ESPN as a football analyst. Leaf worked for the Pac-12 Network last season and co-hosted a show on SiriusXM’s Pac-12 channel.