PALM DESERT (CNS) – Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was out of jail on $5,000 bail this morning after being arrested in Palm Desert for suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery.
Leaf, 44, was arrested at 2 p.m. Friday on Grapevine Street in Palm Desert, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The exact location was not released.
Leaf was booked for domestic battery and held at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, the sheriff’s department reported. Sheriff’s department records showed Leaf was released on Friday, but did not indicate a specific time.
Leaf is scheduled to appear in court at the Larson Justice Center in Indio at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.
Leaf has had a series of legal problems, dating back to 2009, and served time in a Montana prison for a guilty plea to felony burglary and drug possession charges.
Leaf joined ESPN as a college football analyst in 2019 after being a studio and game analyst for the Pac-12 Network.
Leaf was the second selection in the 1998 NFL draft behind Peyton Manning. The NFL Network documentary series, “NFL Top 10,” ranked him as the No. 1 draft bust of all time.
Leaf played for the San Diego Chargers in the 1998 and 2000 seasons, missing the 1999 season because of a shoulder injury.
Leaf was released by the Chargers following 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 losses, and was released, ending his playing career.