Ryan Leaf fails treatment, sent to prison after threats

McClatchy news servicesJanuary 18, 2013 

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been moved from a drug treatment center to the Montana State Prison for threatening a staff member and violating his treatment plan, a corrections official said Thursday.

The former San Diego Chargers and Washington State Cougars quarterback was charged last spring with breaking into two houses and stealing prescription painkillers near Great Falls. He pleaded guilty in May to burglary and criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and his five-year sentence called for spending nine months in a locked drug treatment facility as an alternative to prison.

The Montana Department of Corrections released a statement that said Leaf will now serve his sentence in the Deer Lodge prison.

Leaf told his roommate at the treatment center that he wanted to drag a program staffer by his hair, according to the document approving Leaf’s transfer to prison. Leaf also wrote that he wanted to throw the staffer against the wall and smash his glass into the man’s head.

CARDINALS HIRE ARIANS

The Arizona Cardinals filled the NFL’s final head coaching vacancy by hiring Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.

The 60-year-old longtime assistant went 9-3 as Colts interim head coach while Chuck Pagono was undergoing treatment for leukemia last season.

Yahoo Sports reported that Arizona defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who was born in Tacoma and played at UW, will be replaced by Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.

VILMA SUIT DISMISSED

Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s defamation lawsuit against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in connection with the bounty case was dismissed by a federal judge in New Orleans.

Vilma had argued that Goodell made false statements, tarnishing the player’s reputation, in connection with the league’s investigation of what it determined was a system that offered cash bonuses to Saints players for big hits from 2009-11.

EXTRA POINTS

The Chargers hired former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt to serve as the team’s offensive coordinator. … The Browns named former Chargers head coach Norv Turner their new offensive coordinator. … Rod Marinelli will not return as the Bears’ defensive coordinator next season. … The Broncos hired Adam Gase as offensive coordinator, replacing Mike McCoy, who left to become head coach of the Chargers. … The Patriots placed tight end Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve with a forearm injury, guaranteeing he’ll miss the rest of the season. … Cornerback Christopher Owens practiced with the Falcons for the first time in nearly a month, and star defensive end John Abraham remains hobbled by an injured left ankle. … Wide receiver and kick returner Devin Thomas ended his brief retirement to sign with the Lions. … Judges decided that the custody fight over the infant daughter of former Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who fatally shot his girlfriend before killing himself, will be handled in Missouri, not Texas.

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