Discarding rumors that Todd Marinovich had failed an NFL drug test last December, Harbor Municipal Court Judge Susanne S. Shaw dismissed all drug charges against the Los Angeles Raiders quarterback yesterday after determining he had successfully completed a yearlong diversion program.
Marinovich, 22, was arrested in Newport Beach last year for misdemeanor possession of cocaine and marijuana.
Shaw cleared his record and absolved him of any further charges for completing the diversion program as a first-time offender.
Complicating yesterday's hearing was an ESPN report last week that Marinovich had tested positive for an undisclosed banned substance soon after the playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 28. Marinovich has denied the report.
The Orange County Probation Department was told by Shaw to check out the information.
In its report submitted yesterday, the probation department called the ESPN report "merely rumor," according to Shaw, and found "no proof" to substantiate the allegation.