Todd Marinovich, who was at the center of one of the NFL‘s worst stories, was arrested again on Friday. This time, police told TMZ Sports that he was found naked in a neighbors yard and in possession of meth.
The 47-year-old Marinovich, who had recently tried to get his life back on track with an art career, only played in the NFL for two seasons after two great seasons at USC.
Here’s what we know about his arrest and a look back on his life. This is a breaking story and will continue to be updated.
1. A Bag of Marijuana & Meth Was Found in the Backyard Where Marinovich Was Arrested, Police Said
Irvine, California Police Commander Mike Hallinan TMZ Sports and the Orange County Register that police were called to Venta Spur Trail at around 9 p.m. Friday night because there were reports of a naked person.
When police arrived, they found him still in the nude and in a stranger’s backyard. A brown bag with meth, marijuana and his ID were found nearby, police said. Marinovich was arrested and cited for “trespassing, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.” He was later released.
2. His Father Marv Trained Him to Play Football From Infancy
Marinovich was groomed to be a football star by his father, Marv Marinovich, who played in just one NFL game for the Raiders in 1965. Marv Marinovich also attended USC and is still training athletes with his brother, Gary Marinovich.
According to a 1988 Sports Illustrated profile of Marinovich, his father began working on his physical conditioning when he was only a month old. He already had a football in his crib and had his son try to life a medicine ball.
Marv told SI in 1988:
I think I’m a tyrant. But I think you have to be to succeed. The best thing about it is my relationship with my son. We wanted to have the healthiest possible mom and the healthiest possible child. It’s fanatical, but I don’t know if you can be a great success without being a fanatic.
3. Marinovich Was Picked 24th Overall in the 1991 Draft, Ahead of Brett Favre
Marvinovich was picked No. 24 overall by the Raiders in the 1991 draft, several spots ahead of future Hall of Famer Brett Favre, who the Falcons didn’t pick until No. 33 in the second round. Marinovich was coming off two great seasons at USC, so the Raiders thought he could make the transition to the NFL, even though he was already arrested for cocaine possession a month after the 1990 Sun Bowl.
Marinovich only lasted two seasons with the Raiders. He played in only one game in his first season and seven in his second. He finished with just eight touchdowns and 1,345 yards. The Raiders only won three of the games he started in before he was released.
“Playing quarterback at a young age in the NFL with all the pressure that is involved is insane, really,” Marinovich told USA Today in February. “I didn’t have any tools at that age to deal with all that and juggle that and keep centered to where I could function on and off the field. I had no chance. Does he? I don’t know. The only thing I can say is you can’t do this alone. And if he is struggling, to be successful you have to have a support group around you and be honest with these few people and tell them exactly what’s going on.”
4. He Was Arrested on Suspicion of Sexual Assault in 2000, in Addition to His Drug Arrests
The Raiders tried to help Marinovich, but they released him in 1993 after he failed a third drug test. Marinovich later tried a stint in the Canadian Football League, but it didn’t work out.
In 2000, he tried out a stint in the Arena Football League, signing with the Los Angeles Avengers, but he was doomed there too. In 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that he was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. A woman claimed Marinovich raped her, but Marinovich said the sex was consensual. Ultimately, the Deputy District Attorney decided that there wasn’t enough evidence for Marinovich to be charged.
The Avengers stood by Marinovich, but on the same day he was supposed to get a signing bonus, he was arrested for allegedly buying heroin and was dropped by the team in 2001.
Marinovich was arrested numerous times for drug possession throughout the last decade. Before Monday, his most recent arrest was in 2009 when he failed to show for a drug rehab review in connection with a 2007 arrest for meth possession.
5. He Said in 2011 That He Had Been Sober for 3 Years & Started an Art Career
In 2011, just as ESPN prepared to air The Marinovich Project, Marinovich appeared to the press as a changed man. He told TMZ that he had been sober for over three years up to that point and began painting.
“I’ve been sober for over three years … the art is my main therapy,” he told the site.
According to the Los Angeles Times, he was even making enough money from his work to make a living. Garden Grove, California even commissioned a $20,000 mural from the former NFL quarterback.
“Me and the city have certain reputations, it’s true, but I want to go beyond that, I want this to be about the art,” Marinovich told the Times in 2013. “This piece, this piece just feels so right. First time I heard about it, I knew I was the right one for the job — it’s one of the biggest things I’ve ever done.”
In 2013, The Orange County Register revealed that he is married and has a son, Baron, and daughter, Coski. He did have a website to showcase his art, but there is nothing there but text telling visitors to “Check Back Soon!”
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