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Todd Marinovich Arrested: Latest News, Comments, Reaction on Former NFL QB

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2016

22 Aug 1992:  Quarterbck Todd Marinovich of the Los Angeles Raiders looks to pass the ball during a pre-season game against the Washington Redskins at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  The Redskins won the game, 27-23. Mandato
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Irvine, California, police arrested former Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich on charges of trespassing and marijuana possession Friday, per the Orange County Register's Joshua Sudock.

According to Irvine police Cmdr. Mike Hallinan, a caller alerted the department about a naked man walking along a trail. Officers allegedly found Marinovich holding a brown bag that contained marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Marinovich's story is well-known to football fans. His father, Marv, groomed him for football stardom from birth, going so far as to stretch Todd's hamstrings in the crib when he was a baby.

Dubbed the "Robo QB," Marinovich played two years with the USC Trojans before moving to the NFL. The Raiders selected him 24th overall in the 1991 draft. He played just two years, throwing for 1,345 yards and eight touchdowns with nine interceptions.

Marinovich has battled drug problems in the past. He was charged with cocaine possession in 1991 while still with USC. In a 2009 interview with Mike Sager for Esquire, Marinovich said he used marijuana and LSD during his NFL career and that he couldn't function without marijuana at that stage of his life.

The Raiders released him in 1993 after he failed his third drug test since entering the league.

In October 2015, Marinovich discussed his issues with CBS Los Angeles:

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Marinovich's most recent arrest came in 2009 for failure to appear for a drug rehabilitation progress review. The review was part of his probation for a 2007 arrest in which he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine.

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