Marinovich serving time on drug charges

Posted: September 14, 2004

Former Southern California and Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich is serving a 90-day jail term stemming from an arrest in Newport Beach, Calif., last month for possessing methamphetamine, officials said yesterday. Marinovich pleaded guilty last week to a felony count of possessing a controlled substance and two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and the unauthorized possession of hypodermic needles, said Mark Macaulay, of the Orange County district attorney's office.

Marinovich, 35, starred at USC before being selected by the Raiders in the first round of the 1991 NFL draft. He also played for the Los Angeles Avengers, of the Arena Football League, and briefly in the Canadian Football League.

Marinovich has been jailed since his arrest Aug. 28.

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