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Former NFL QB Todd Marinovich involved in naked meth bust

August 23, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former NFL QB Todd Marinovich involved in naked meth bust

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Former quarterback Todd Marinovich, the troubled 1991 first-round NFL pick by the Raiders, was arrested after he was discovered naked with meth and weed in someone’s backyard in Irvine, California.

Police found the 47-year-old after someone called in a complaint. When they arrived on the scene, they saw the naked man carrying around a brown bag containing meth, according to the OC Register.

Todd Marinovich was charged with trespassing, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance.

Early this year, Marinovich openly reached out to Johnny Manziel after seeing hints of himself in the famous figure who also goes by ‘Johnny Football.’ Manziel came out of rehab back in 2015 before his behavior started to spiral out of control after his second pro season, which included an alleged domestic violence occurrence.

In an interview with USA Today in February, The former All-American at USC said: “[Staying clean] just never lasted when I was doing it for the job or I was doing it for family … I don’t know if you can be reached if the person is unwilling. It’s almost like you have to let them go and experience what they’re going to experience.”

Marinovich, who quickly became a California legend and Heisman Trophy nominee at USC, faced a long battle with drugs that turned his promising career into a short one.

“Playing quarterback at a young age in the NFL with all the pressure that is involved is insane, really,” Marinovich stated. “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.”

In 1991, Todd Marinovich was taken into custody for possession of cocaine just a few months before he was drafted to Los Angeles. However, his drug use led him to engage in dubious behavior, such as storing Gatorade bottles of his non-smoking friends’ urine, which he would use when he was drug-tested by the NFL. After he had used the urine of one of his friend’s who was heavily drinking, his blood-alcohol level drove the Raiders to enroll him in rehab.

The team eventually arranged an intervention for the young quarterback, however, he left the league.

After leaving football, he became an artist and told TMZ back in 2011,
“I’ve been sober for over three years.”

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