Friday, June 3, 2005
Marinovich ordered into drug rehabilitation program
SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Troubled former Southern California and
NFL quarterback Todd Marinovich was ordered into a six-month drug
rehabilitation program Friday, to be followed by six months of
outpatient treatment for violating terms of his probation.
The 35-year-old Marinovich, who is in custody, appeared in
Orange County Superior Court's drug court program. He was sentenced
by Judge Wendy Lindley.
"It's not a drug court program," deputy district attorney
Michelle Clesceri said. "It's more like a one-year, 'Let's see if
you can get all this done and recover' situation. He did express to
the court his willingness to be free of drugs and live a drug-free
Marinovich will remain in county jail before returning to court
next Thursday. During that time, he will be interviewed by a staff
member of the live-in program to determine if he will be accepted,
Marinovich, who gave his residence as Newport Beach, was first
arrested on drug charges in January 1991 while attending USC. He
was a first-round draft choice of the then-Los Angeles Raiders
later that year, and played with them for two seasons before being
Marinovich later played football in Canada and for the Los
Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League, leaving that team in
2001 after being arrested on suspicion of heroin possession.
He was also arrested on drug charges in 1997 and last August,
when he was caught skateboarding in a prohibited area carrying
methamphetamine and three syringes, police said.
Marinovich pleaded guilty to those charges and was sentenced to
90 days in jail and three years' probation.
The prosecutor said Marinovich's mother was in court with him