Thursday, March 6, 2008
Marinovich's brother one of two Syracuse players arrested
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Two Syracuse University football players --
including the younger brother of troubled former NFL quarterback
Todd Marinovich -- have been arrested for breaking into a sports
Paul Chiara and Mikhail Marinovich were each charged with
misdemeanor criminal mischief following the incident at Manley
Field House early Sunday morning, police said.
Marinovich, 20, is a freshman from San Clemente, Calif., who
played last fall at Milford Academy, a prep school in New Berlin,
N.Y., and enrolled at Syracuse in January. Syracuse spokeswoman Sue
Edson said he is the brother of Todd Marinovich, the former
University of Southern California standout who has had his own
history of legal entanglements.
Chiara, 22, is a senior from Mountain Lakes, N.J. He has played
tailback in his previous three seasons at Syracuse, but is being
moved to safety for spring practice.
According to the police report, Chiara and Marinovich had been
drinking alcohol at the time of the incident.
As football players, they were permitted in the field house, but
they did not have access to the equipment room, Syracuse equipment
manager Gary Audet told police.
Audet said Chiara and Marinovich broke a roll-up metal
gate/window as well as the cylinder lock on the gate.
The two players ran from the field house and were chased down by
Syracuse police and university public safety officers.
Both were released on appearance tickets.
"We are gathering all the information and we will handle the
matter appropriately internally," head coach Greg Robinson said in
a prepared statement.
After playing two years at USC, Todd Marinovich was a
first-round draft pick and played for the Raiders from 1991-93
before being released. In his latest legal troubles, the
38-year-old Marinovich pleaded guilty last October in Orange
County, Calif., to felony possession of a small amount of
methamphetamine, misdemeanor syringe possession and resisting