I'm a couple of days late on this but blame the lack of Marinovich coverage in the Istanbul dailies for that instead of your faithful scribe. One-time phenom USC quarterback and Raider first-rounder Todd Marinovich has found himself afoul of the law once again.
Police said Marinovich, 38, ran from officers who tried to stop him about 1:15 a.m. Sunday for skateboarding near the Newport Pier boardwalk, where skateboarding is prohibited.
He was found hiding in a carport about 1:30 a.m., police Sgt. Evan Sailor said. After searching Marinovich, police found about one gram of methamphetamine, a metal spoon and a hypodermic needle, Sailor said.
With my first child on the way I've spent a lot of time thinking about fatherhood strategies. From tying a boy's right arm behind his back to increase the likelihood that he'll be a junk-dealing southpaw to the rigid tennis schedule I've already devised for a potential daughter it's clear that I've taken more than a few hints from Marv Marinovich. Clearly the four arrests for drug violations didn't learn me any lessons nor did the all too brief time Todd actually spent playing in the pros. But believe you me the prospect of a 38-year old product of my loins spending their time skateboarding around a boardwalk in the middle of the night has scared me straight. I have a hard enough time coping with 15-year olds doing it.