Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was in custody yesterday on drug and burglary charges out of Texas after being arrested by customs agents in Washington state as he returned to the United States from Canada.
James Farren, the district attorney in Randall County in West Texas, said Leaf was arrested by federal customs agents. Bond was set at $45,000 and Leaf's attorney in Washington told the court Leaf would post the bond and return to Texas by himself. Leaf also was to come back to court in Whatcom County on July 16, legal assistant Jennifer Bonstein said.
Bill Kelly, Leaf's attorney in Texas, said his client had been working in British Columbia and was returning to Texas to turn himself in when he was arrested.
The ex-Washington State University and San Diego Chargers quarterback is charged with burglary to a habitation, a second-degree felony. Leaf also was indicted on seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of delivery of a simulated controlled substance.
Leaf allegedly presented an incomplete medical history to several physicians between January 2008 and September 2008 to get or try to obtain the painkiller Hydrocodone.
In November, Leaf resigned as quarterbacks coach at West Texas A & M in Canyon after he allegedly broke into a home and stole Hydrocodone.
* Terrell Owens' search for a place to live in Buffalo is back on.
Some 15 hours after the receiver posted on his Twitter.com site that his search for a home was over, Owens changed course after his real estate agent, Maureen Flavin, spoke to numerous media outlets.
Tweeting in all capital letters, Owens accused Flavin of being unprofessional, while noting that he will not be renting the place in question. In a follow-up post, Owens added that he couldn't believe "she would do [that] after we specifically talked [to] her about confidentiality."
Flavin did not return a message seeking comment.
Earlier in the day, and without disclosing the address, Flavin told the Associated Press that Owens had agreed to lease a 4,500-square-foot newly built home in an upscale community in Orchard Park, N.Y.
* The Broncos released linebacker Boss Bailey, the brother of Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey, who remains on the team.
* Free agent linebacker Derrick Brooks said he plans to play in the NFL this fall and possibly even return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brooks, the defensive player of the year after Tampa Bay won the Super Bowl in 2002, was among five players the Bucs cut in a February purge that included his former Florida State teammate, Warrick Dunn. *