Ex-USC and Raiders QB Marinovich arrested naked with drugs

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 1992, file photo, Los Angeles Raiders starting guard quarterback Todd Marinovich (12) runs out of the pocket and is tackled by Cleveland Browns linebacker Richard Brown (52) during second quarter action in Los Angeles. Marinovich has been arrested after being found naked with marijuana and possibly methamphetamine in a stranger's backyard in Southern California. Irvine Police Cmdr. Mike Hallinan said Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, that Marinovich was arrested Friday, Aug. 19, after a call saying a naked man was on a hiking trail near homes. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Former USC and Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich has been arrested after being found naked with marijuana and possibly methamphetamine in a stranger’s backyard in Southern California.

Irvine Police Cmdr. Mike Hallinan said Monday that Marinovich was arrested Friday night after a call saying a naked man was on a hiking trail near homes. The officers found him in a backyard holding a brown bag containing marijuana and a substance that appeared to be meth but police are awaiting lab results.

The 47-year-old Marinovich was a star quarterback at USC and the Raiders’ first-round draft pick in 1991, but drug problems drove him from the NFL after two seasons and he has had repeated run-ins with the law over drugs in the decades since.

Contact information for Marinovich or an attorney who could comment for him could not immediately be found.

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