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Ex-NFL QB Ryan Leaf Moved to Prison After Making Threats

By Andrew Lu on January 18, 2013 9:03 AM

Ryan Leaf is being transferred back to prison after reportedly making threats at a drug treatment center.

Considered one of the greatest busts in NFL history, Ryan Leaf has also been a pretty big bust off the field as well.

Last summer, Leaf was sentenced to five years in the Montana Department of Corrections for drug and burglary charges, reports Great Falls, Montana's KRTV. But shortly after he was sentenced to prison, the former quarterback was transferred to the drug treatment center.

You would imagine that a drug treatment center would be a better place to spend your time than prison, but that apparently was not the case with Leaf. He was terminated from the treatment program this week after he was found guilty of threatening a program staff member, according to KRTV. The exact details of the threats were not disclosed.

Oftentimes, low-level criminals who are drug addicts and not viewed as threats may be sent to a drug treatment center in lieu of prison. This affords the convict an opportunity to deal with his unique substance abuse issues in the hopes that he can get better, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

So when the famous ex-quarterback was arrested last year and charged with burglary, theft, and criminal possession of dangerous drugs, it appeared as if he was given a second chance again when he was transferred to the drug treatment center. Leaf even made an emotional appeal to the judge saying how embarrassed he was and how sorry he felt for holding his family "hostage."

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

Ryan Leaf has been given multiple opportunities to get better. However, he has exhibited an obvious problem following authority. Even after his latest arrest, he was given an opportunity to avoid prison. But enough was enough, and it looks like Leaf will now have to serve hard time for the next five years.

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