It is not a proud moment for former L.A. Raiders player and USC quarterback Todd Marvin Marinovich. The 47-year-old was arrested for meth possession, and he was apprehended in someone else’s backyard, naked.
At approximately 9:20 p.m. on August 19, the Irvine Police Department dispatched officers who responded to a report of a naked man. Marinovich had reportedly been crouching in the bushes near the Venta Spur Trail. Upon arrival, police officers went around the area and eventually found Marinovich.
According to the Irvine Police Department, the 47-year-old was found naked hiding in the backyard of a home off of Bluecoat. The officers later found a bag that belonged to Marinovich. It is said to contain paraphernalia and narcotics.
Moreover, a report from TMZ revealed that police found weed and meth inside the bag. Nonetheless, he was reportedly cooperative with officers when he was taken to custody. Marinovich has a history of substance abuse. However, he seemed to have managed to turn his life around in 2011 and became sober for three years.
To keep away from drugs, Marinovich turned to art. He started painting after he left football. Back in 2014, the Los Angeles Times revealed that Marinovich even received a $20,000 mural project commissioned by the city of Garden Grove. It was for the exterior wall of the historic Gem Theater.
At that time, Marinovich revealed that he has a wife he met in drug court. They also have two children, a young girl and boy. He also said that his family is what keeps him together.
“I need them because I am very impulsive and sometimes I don’t make the best decision. Without them, who knows, all bets are off …” he said.
Following his arrest, Marinovich was cited for trespassing, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Afterwards, he was released.