Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf is heading to prison now that he’s been kicked out of a drug treatment center.
According to Sports Illustrated, Leaf, who played for the San Diego Chargers, was kicked out of a treatment program for behavioral problems including threatening a member of the staff. He will now be transferred to the Montana State Prison.
Great Falls regional probation and parole administrator Dawn Handa, said:
“The Montana Department of Corrections terminated Leaf from the treatment program and placed him in prison after he was found guilty of behavior that violated conditions of his drug treatment program. The violations included threatening a program staff member.”
Leaf plead guilty in May to breaking into two houses and stealing prescription painkillers. Leaf was sentenced to five years including nine months in a drug treatment facility. The Port Clinton News Herald reports that, if Leaf had completed the 9-month stint in rehab, he would have likely been given parole and would have never had to gone to jail.
After his arrest, Leaf said:
“I’ve made some mistakes, and have no excuses. I am using the tools I’ve learned to move forward rather than backwards, and will be open to talking about the details in the days to come. I am confident that there will be further understanding when the facts are revealed, and feel very blessed for all of the support, especially from my friends and family.”
It’s unclear how long Leaf will have to serve in Montana State Prison.
ESPN reports that Ryan Leaf was the No. 2 pick in the 1998 draft. He was out of the league in 2001 and is considered one of the biggest busts in NFL history.