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):