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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Ryan Leaf sentenced on 8 felony drug charges

By ESPNDallas.com

Somewhat lost amid the hubbub over Jerry's candid camera performance was news of another person connected to the franchise having some trouble.

Ryan Leaf, the colossal  bust as the No. 2 overall pick behind Payton Manning in 1998 who played four games with the Cowboys in 2001, was sentenced on eight felony drug charges Wednesday in an Amarillo courtroom.

Leaf pleaded guilty to seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of delivery of a simulated controlled substance. He was fined $20,000 and placed on 10 years' probation.

Here are some details from The Associated Press report (full story):

In late 2008 after resigning from West Texas A&M in Canyon where he coached quarterbacks for three seasons, Leaf said he spent 42 days in an inpatient treatment center in Vancouver, B.C., before doing two months of outpatient care. He said he has been clean for 17 months.

Randall County District Attorney James Farren said after the deal was finalized that Leaf's addiction was flagrant and that everyone on the West Texas A&M football team knew about it.

"Everyone knew if you got injured you'd get a visit from Ryan Leaf," Farren said. "And when he left he had half their pain medication."