Ryan Leaf Kicked Out of Rehab and Back in Prison

By McCarton Ackerman 01/18/13

The troubled ex-NFL quarterback faces more jail time after threatening a rehab staffer.

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Troubled Ex-NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf is back in prison after violating the terms of his mandatory drug treatment. Leaf was sent to lockdown drug treatment in June when he violated a ten-year parole sentence for getting twice busted for possession and theft of prescription painkillers. Leaf was serving nine months of a five-year sentence at the Nexus Treatment Center in Lewiston, Montana, but he has been kicked out of the program for violating treatment terms, including reportedly threatening to drag a staffer by his hair and throw him against a wall. “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 placement,” said a Montana probation and parole administrator. “The violations included threatening a program staff member.” During a January 9 disciplinary hearing, Leaf was deemed unsuitable for a therapeutic environment. Adult Community Corrections Division administrator Pam Bunke wrote that Leaf was too great a security risk to live in a community setting and they had exhausted all resources keeping him there. He may now have to serve his original sentence of ten years behind bars.

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