Todd Marinovich in trouble with the law, again

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The sad story of former NFL quarterback Todd Marinovich has another sad chapter.

Via the Palm Springs Desert Sun, the 1991 first-round draft pick of the Raiders has been arrested yet again. He remains in jail, on undisclosed charges.

Marinovich reportedly was arrested on March 19, posted bail, and was arrested again on March 23. He has not been released.

The arrests come at a time when Marinovich remains on probation for a 2016 arrest, which happened when he was found naked in a stranger’s backyard, with a paper bag containing drugs and syringes.

Marinovich returned to football last year, playing in a developmental league at the age of 48. He spent two seasons in the NFL, starting a total of eight regular-season games and one playoff game.

32 responses to “Todd Marinovich in trouble with the law, again

  1. I remember his ESPN documentary from 6 or 7 years ago and it really sounded like he had finally figured it all out. It’s really sad cuz he actually seems like a good guy that is battling severe demons.

  2. Please, let’s root for the guy. I know it’s easy to make jokes. We all have our demons, and lord knows I’m battling my own. This guy wishes you the best, Todd.

  3. I’m neighbors with one of his old USC teammates. The guys on the team tried to help him for years but each time Marinovich would lie straight to their faces or steal. He begs them for help, they’ve held multiple interventions, opened their homes to him, only to get burned time and time again. Almost all of them have had to finally cut him out of their lives as he was just too toxic. They’ve tried. No one wishes ill will for the man, but at some point he has to want to genuinely end the cycle.

  4. I hope he receives the treatment he needs. Please no cheap shots at him, unless you have walked in his shoes. Good luck and try and get healthy..

  5. I have always wondered if he would’ve turned out different with a different up bringing. The kid was groomed by his father to be nothing but an NFL quarterback. There were no other life possibilities than that and when he finally became old enough to rebel a bit, he rebelled a lot. And his life spiraled out of control from there.

    His life seems like a good example of how not to raise your kids. Not that I am giving him a free pass for all his mistakes but I think he’d be a different man were he not groomed to be the next Kenny Stabler.

  6. Had his first hamburger at 19, peaked, got drafted, and now his entertainment value has tripled his player value.

  7. If you remember the story some of the blame is bad parenting. This guy was raised as a machine with his only pre-determined destination in life, to be a NFL QB.
    I think that would mess any kid up.

  8. Let this be a lesson to parents who pressure their kids in sports and try to control every aspect of their life. I see it in youth wrestling. Parents think their kids are going to be stars and pressure them to the point that when they grow up, they become rebellious or quit the sport all together. It becomes about THEM and not their child.

  9. Sorry..
    But just not buying the “bad upbringing” routine. Do you realize how many Olympic athletes (like gymnasts) are raised the exact same way by their parents?
    We don’t talk about that because they go on to lead normal healthy productive lives.
    Whenever someone is screwed up we want to find THE cause, THE explanation.
    Human behavior and life is JUST not that simple.

  10. jonathankrobinson424 says:

    “What are you developing in a football league at the age of 48”?

    Just like JaMarcus… he was hoping for one last payday…so he could party for another decade.

  11. donnymacjack says:
    April 2, 2018 at 12:02 am
    I have always wondered if he would’ve turned out different with a different up bringing. The kid was groomed by his father to be nothing but an NFL quarterback. There were no other life possibilities than that and when he finally became old enough to rebel a bit, he rebelled a lot. And his life spiraled out of control from there.

    His life seems like a good example of how not to raise your kids. Not that I am giving him a free pass for all his mistakes but I think he’d be a different man were he not groomed to be the next Kenny Stabler.
    ——————————————-

    In my opinion, his upbringing has everything to do with his issues. I’ve coached youth sports for a number of years and the pushy, overbearing, demanding, “you’re going to be great!” parents are just as bad, or worse, than the indifferent parents. Those kids are being taught nothing other than to hate sports and their parent(s).

    Now take that attitude to the Nth degree, and that’s how Marinovich was raised. Yes – we all grow up at some point and are responsible for our own actions, but when how a kid is raised breaks them completely I’m not sure how you recover from that – you don’t just “grow out of it”.

  12. What year is this? I just saw a story in the side bar about Ryan Leaf and now Todd Marinovich is back in the news..

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