Ex-USC, NFL quarterback Marinovich arrested naked with drugs

Former USC and Los Angeles Raiders star quarterback Todd Marinovich was arrested after he appeared naked with marijuana and possibly methamphetamine in a stranger’s Southern California backyard, police said.

Officers arrested Marinovich on Friday after a caller told them a naked man was on a hiking trail near some homes, Irvine Police Cmdr. Mike Hallinan said Monday. The officers found the ex-athlete in a backyard holding a brown bag containing marijuana and a substance suspected to be meth, but police are awaiting lab results.

The 47-year-old Marinovich was a star quarterback at USC and the Raiders' first-round draft pick in 1991, but drug problems drove him from the NFL after two seasons and he has had repeated run-ins with the law over drugs in the decades since.

Marinovich pleaded guilty to felony charges for cultivating marijuana in his Dana Point home and a misdemeanor charge of possessing prescription medicine, according to the Orange County Register.

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