Skip to comments.Former NFL Quarterback Arrested (Todd Marijuanavich)
Posted on 05/26/2005 11:28:12 AM PDT by BurbankKarl
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) Former NFL quarterback Todd Marinovich was arrested for investigation of violating his probation after being found in a public bathroom with apparent drug paraphernalia.
Marinovich, who has acknowledged that drug addiction derailed his once-promising football career, was being held in an Orange County jail pending a drug court hearing scheduled for next week.
A police officer found Marinovich in the bathroom May 20 with a bent spoon and syringe. The former quarterback fled on a bicycle but was arrested 15 blocks away, police said. On the police report, he listed his occupation as "unemployed artist."
Marinovich, who lives in Balboa, was first arrested on drug charges when he was a student at the University of Southern California. He earned nearly $2.3 million as a first-round draft pick of the then-Los Angeles Raiders in 1991, but was removed from the roster after two seasons due to his drug problem.
He later played football in Canada and the Arena Football League. He was arrested on drug charges in 1997, 2001 and last August. In last year's arrest, he was caught skateboarding in a prohibited area carrying methamphetamine and three syringes, police said.
He pleaded guilty to those charges and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years' probation.
His self destructiion is so sad, so very sad. What a waste !
No, no, NO, Todd.
Oakland is where football careers go to DIE.
A little pot never hurt anyone! /sarcasm
Anyone recall the SI article on this guy when he was in high school? He was being 'groomed' to be a pro QB, and he wasn't allowed to have soft drinks, any refined sugars, caffeine, etc. Looks like when he got to a point where he could make the decision himself, he wasn't denied anything at all.
From million dollar draft pick to fleeing on a bicycle. Yowsa.
This guy's the Steve Howe/Bob Probert/DarrylStrawberry of football.
His dad did all the grooming.
Doesn't this loser even have an apartment?
I think Marinovich was one of those kids who had one of those "insane sports fathers."
Yes, I remember that. His dad controlled his every waking moment. Would not let him eat a Big Mac. I remember wondering whether the dad's experiment would work and whether this guy would grow up to be a great NFL player. I guess not.
In last year's arrest, he was caught skateboarding in a prohibited area carrying methamphetamine and three syringes, police said.
Bicycle? Skateboard? Well, at least he's still getting plenty of exercise....
At this point he is just pathetic, I cannot even muster enough outrage or sarcasm to mock him. People this messed up are a shame and a waste.
I don't know. Ask "pop" star George Michael.
See the earlier thread on California housing costs. Even $2.3 million will go only so far...
Reminds me of Art Schlicter (sp). He had a gambling problem and threw away a football career, too.
Yeah, I guess he was liquifying and injecting his pot.
A wasted life. Even the Raiders got tired of him, and that's saying something.
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