On the Messy Life of Todd Marinovich

Two years ago I made fun of Todd Marinovich because he was picked up for skateboarding where he shouldn’t have and then got busted for felony drug charges. If my count is accurate, the former USC and Raiders quarterback has been arrested nine time, mostly for drugs. Much like Josh Hamilton or Dock Ellis, anytime a talented athlete is derailed by drugs or accomplishes a lot with drugs, we make a big deal of it. That, along with Todd’s Robo QB history, makes him so intriguing.

As Deadspin pointed out to me, Esquire did an in-depth feature on Marinovich. If you’re at all interested, I suggest taking the 30 minutes to read it. You’ll get to read some crazy things and find out more about the guy. For example, I didn’t realize that Todd was groomed to be USC’s QB not only because of his dad, but also because of his father in law and entire family’s tie to SC. Anyway, some of the most absurd stories from Marinovich’s life were touched on in the piece. Here are a few of those excerpts (warning, language and subject matter is strong):

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When Todd Marinovich, a Needle, Spoon, and Meth Meet

SPORTSbyBROOKS notifies us of the latest chapter in the sad story of former star quarterback Todd Marinovich. Attempting to skateboard in an area in Newport where it wasn’t allowed, Marinovich was arrested for resisting police officers. Oh yeah, he was also picked up on felony drug charges too.

He was found hiding in a carport about 1:30 a.m., police Sgt. Evan Sailor said. After searching Marinovich, police found about one gram of methamphetamine, a metal spoon and a hypodermic needle, Sailor said.

Marinovich was charged with possession of a controlled substance, which is a felony, as well as unauthorized possession of a hypodermic needle and resisting a police officer, both misdemeanors.

When it comes to pissing away athletic careers, it’s hard to beat Marinovich. Well, maybe Ookie has him handled these days. I tell you, it’s a sad, sad story for Todd. Lesson be learned: McDonald’s is good.