‘naked with marijuana and meth in a stranger’s backyard’, Todd Marinovich, Former Raiders quarterback arrested for trespassing and drug possession

 Former Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich, 47,arrested Friday night after a call saying a naked man was on a hiking trail near homes, police in Irvine, California

Marinovich was found ‘naked with marijuana and meth in a stranger’s backyard

He was  was arrested ‘for trespassing, possession of a controlled substance and narcotic paraphernalia’

The former star quarterback at USC was the Raiders’ first-round draft pick in 1991, he washed out after two seaons with drug problems

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Todd Marinovich in 2016

Todd Marinovich, the Former USC and Los Angeles Raiders quarterback, has been arrested after being found naked with marijuana and possibly methamphetamine in a stranger’s backyard in Southern California. Marinovich’s ID was also in the bag
The NFL first round draft pick bust was arrested Friday night after a call saying a naked man was on a hiking trail near homes, Irvine Police Cmdr. Mike Hallinan said, Monday.
responding officers found him in a backyard holding a brown bag containing marijuana and a yet unconfirmed substance that appeared to be meth.

University of Southern California QB Todd Marinovich, 1990 Sun BowlThe stand out quarterback at USC, former heissman candidate at the Sun Bowl Dec, 1990: USC QB Todd Marinovich (13) at line of scrimmage before snap vs Michigan State

The Irvine Police Department wrote on Facebook Monday: ‘On August 19, 2016, at approximately 9:20 p.m., IPD officers responded to a report of a naked man – now identified as Marinovich – crouching in the bushes near Venta Spur Trail.
‘IPD officers searched the area and ultimately located Marinovich naked hiding in the backyard of a residence off of Bluecoat.
‘IPD officers also located a bag belonging to Marinovich containing suspected narcotics and paraphernalia.’
Authorities said that Marinovich was arrested ‘for trespassing, possession of a controlled substance and narcotic paraphernalia’.

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Marinovich is seen playing for the Los Angeles Raiders in 1992

The former football player was ‘cited and released’, according to Irvine police.
The 47-year-old Marinovich was a star quarterback at USC and the Raiders’ first-round draft pick in 1991. However, drug problems drove him from professional sports. He fizzled out of the NFL back in 1993 after two seasons and he has battled serious drug addiction during and after with repeated run-ins with the law over drugs in the decades since.
He had supposedly, put his demons behind him and seemed to be on a good path back in 2011, when he said he’d been ‘sober for three year’  and had taken up been painting and sculpting non-stop. Back then he told TMZ , “I’ve been sober for over three years … the art is my main therapy.”


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A Heisman candidate at USC, Marinovich was selected in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the then-Los Angeles Raiders, who later removed him from the roster after two seasons because of repeated drug use.
His history with illegal activity includes pleading guilty for felony charges of cultivating marijuana at his home in 1997, an arrest on susupicion of heroin possession in 2000 and another felony charge for possession of a controlled substance in 2005.

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