Ex-USC and Raiders QB Todd Marinovich arrested naked with drugs

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

17 Aug 1991: Quarterback Todd Marinovich of the Los Angeles Raiders stands on the sideline during a preseason game against the Chicago Bears at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Raiders won the game 13-10.

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Former USC and Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich has been arrested after being found naked with marijuana and possibly methamphetamine in a stranger’s backyard in Southern California.

Irvine Police Cmdr. Mike Hallinan said Monday that Marinovich was arrested Friday night after a call saying a naked man was on a hiking trail near homes. The officers found him in a backyard holding a brown bag containing marijuana and a substance that appeared 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.

Contact information for Marinovich or an attorney who could comment for him could not immediately be found.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.