Ryan Leaf Reaches Plea Deal on Battery Charge After Domestic Violence Arrest

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistOctober 9, 2020

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 1998, file photo, San Diego Chargers quarterback Ryan Leaf passes against the San Francisco 49ers in San Diego. Leaf and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning were drafted back-to-back as No. 1 and 2.(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)
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Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has reached a plea deal stemming from his May arrest on a domestic battery charge. 

Per TMZ Sports, Leaf's deal with prosecutors included serving four days in prison for false imprisonment in exchange for having a misdemeanor battery charge dropped. 

Leaf won't have to spend additional time in prison after being given with two days of time served and two days of credit. He received three years of probation as part of the deal.

TMZ previously reported Leaf was arrested May 22 in Palm Springs, California, and booked on suspicion of domestic battery. 

Per Fox 5 in San Diego, Leaf posted bail on the same day as his arrest, and a Sept. 25 court date was set to determine whether or not prosecutors would pursue charges. 

Leaf played four seasons in the NFL after being selected No. 2 overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 1998 NFL draft. He appeared in 21 games (18 starts) for the Chargers from 1998-2000. 

After briefly spending time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the preseason in 2001, Leaf joined the Dallas Cowboys. He went 0-3 in three games as a starter for the Cowboys.

Leaf has worked as a college football analyst for ESPN since July 2019.


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