Former star at USC and first-round NFL draft pick by the Oakland Raiders, Todd Marinovich, was arrested after he was found naked with meth, according to the LA Times.

The LA Times says Marinovich was in somebody’s backyard in Irvine:

Marinovich, who once bore the nickname “Robo quarterback,” was booked on suspicion of trespassing; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of marijuana, Irvine police Commander Mike Hallinan said Monday.

Officers took the 47-year-old Dana Point resident into custody about 11 p.m. Friday. 

“It is a tragic story. We found him hiding in a backyard. Someone’s else’s backyard. We responded to a caller stating there was a naked person on Venta Spur Trail,” Hallinan said.

The call came in about 9 p.m. and officers began scouring the neighborhood. They found Marinovich naked in a yard on Bluecoat, the commander said. “He was carrying the items in a brown bag,” Hallinan said. 

Marinovich has notably been in trouble with the law in the past. In 1990, he was arrested for cocaine possession while at USC. The Raiders had cut Marinovich because of repeated drug use as well. In 2005, he was arrested for drug possession in Newport Beach, and in 2007, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.

The younger generation might know Marinovich from ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, when he was featured in “The Marinovich Project.”

[LA Times]

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