OCRegister Former USC star and Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich was arrested after he was found naked with marijuana in someone else’s backyard, police said Monday. The 47-year-old was cited for trespassing, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, Irvine police Commander Mike Hallinan said Monday. Police received a complaint call. About 9 p.m. Friday, police received a complaint call “The caller stated that there was a naked person on Venta Spur Trail,” said Hallinan, referring to a paved bike and walking path that runs along a greenbelt between homes. Hallinan said that Marinovich, an Irvine resident, was in a backyard of a home on Bluecoat: “He was carrying the items in a brown bag.” Marinovich, who rose to stardom while playing quarterback for Mater Dei in the 1980s, went on to play for USC and professionally for the then-Los Angeles Raiders. In 1989, Marinovich became the first freshman quarterback to start the first game of the season for USC since World War II after starting quarterback Pat O’Hara suffered a leg injury. He was a Heisman Trophy candidate in 1990 and led the Trojans to victory over Michigan in the Rose Bowl that season. The Raiders selected Marinovich in the first round of the 1991 NFL draft, ahead of Brett Favre. Marinovich was arrested for cocaine possession a month after the 1990 Sun Bowl. He was removed from the Raiders’ roster after only two seasons because of repeated drug use. In 1997, he pleaded guilty to felony charges that he was cultivating marijuana in his Dana Point home and a misdemeanor charge of illegally possessing prescription medicine. He joined the Los Angeles Avengers’ Arena Football team in 2000 but was arrested on suspicion of heroin possession and cut eight months later. In 2005, Marinovich was arrested for drug possession in Newport Beach. Two years later, Marinovich was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, unauthorized possession of a hypodermic needle and resisting arrest. In recent years, he told reporters, he was doing better – devoting time to his alma maters and arts career.
Former USC star quarterback and NFL bust Todd Marinovich was arrested over the weekend, after he was caught smoking weed on his neighbor’s property, while totally naked. Marinovich has has a history of drug arrests in the past, but has not been arrested since 2007, and had been spending lots of time painting. Somebody needs to tell Todd Marinovich that you can smoke weed in the privacy of your own home with or without pants on, you do not need to smoke pot naked in your neighbor’s yard, why up the odds of getting busted? Todd Marinovich should be looked at as a cautionary tale, and when I read articles like this, I get the feeling we will be reading similar stories about Johnny Manziel in a few years.