Almost seven months after being arrested for public nudity, trespassing and drug possession, former NFL and college football quarterback Todd Marinovich has pleaded guilty to five misdemeanors but could avoid jail time.
Marinovich has a long history of drug abuse, dating back to his playing days in the 1990s. As part of his plea deal, he’s been sentenced to 90 days in jail, but according to the Orange County Register he won’t have to serve that time provided he completes a six-month course of treatment for his drug issues at an outpatient facility.
This is something Marinovich had already gotten a head start on after his arrest, per the report.
“[Attorney Adam] Cole said Marinovich decided to check into an out-patient rehab facility after his arrest and is doing well. He said Marinovich is subject to regular drug tests at the facility and has been testing clean since his arrest nearly seven months ago.
“He’s positive and in good spirits, and he wants to be held accountable for what he did,” Cole said. “He’s looking forward to his future.”
It was previously reported that Marinovich could be in line to serve up to three years in jail stemming from the arrest last August.
A star quarterback for the Trojans for two years before entering the NFL as a first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 1991. He saw action in just two NFL seasons, losing his starting job in 1992 and never regaining it as drug addiction took its hold on his life.