Ryan Leaf Lacks Criminal Competence


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↵What is there to take away from Ryan Leaf's indictment on Thursday night? He's looking at seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, one count of delivery of a simulated controlled substance (think the pill version of selling someone a bag of oregano and calling it ditch weed), and one count of burglary of a habitation.
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↵Yes, he's innocent until proven guilty, but such a laundry list of charges indicates a pattern of criminal behavior, not something along the lines of a mistaken identity or a one-off error in judgment.
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↵⇥The indictment said Leaf presented an incomplete medical history to several physicians between January 2008 and September 2008 to get or try to obtain the painkiller Hydrocodone.
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↵⇥Canyon police Lt. Dale Davis said Leaf is suspected of breaking into a Canyon apartment on Oct. 30 and stealing Hydrocodone, which had been prescribed to an injured football player.
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↵⇥"There were signs of a forced entry," Davis said. "A window in the back of the home was (damaged)."
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↵Further, it's pretty safe to say that his alleged actions were in the throes of addiction, because if his alleged behavior was the result of calm, rational plans, he'd have somehow managed to top his on-field incompetence away from the game, and that's, in its own sad way, impressive.
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↵Leaf is currently in rehab up in British Columbia, which is all right--rehab is good, people--but even in the unlikely event that he emerges clean, calm, and contrite, he's still going to have to stand trial before, in all likelihood, going to prison for a long time.↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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