LAGUNA NIGUEL (CBS) — A bench warrant has been issued for the infamous sports agent who inspired Tom Cruise’s character in the film “Jerry Maguire.”
Leigh Steinberg, who has represented sports greats like Oscar de la Hoya, Troy Aikman, and Steve Young has vanished after a local company filed suit against him for more than $1 million.
The Orange County Superior Court Commissioner issued the bench warrant for the Newport Beach sports agent when he failed to appear at a hearing to examine the claims of unpaid rent.
Lawyers for The Irvine Company company claim Steinberg is buried under a mountain of debt, owing nearly $1 million to former NFL player Chad Morton, nearly $200,000 to Wells Fargo Bank, and just under $30,000 in back taxes. The attorneys claim Steinberg is adept at hiding his assets, and now himself.
No one answered the door Wednesday at Steinberg’s residence in Laguna Niguel, and his Newport Beach offices are vacant. The only trace of Steinberg is a post made on his Twitter page Monday morning about the Clippers and Lakers matchup.
Morton reached a settlement with Steinberg, but is now seeking punitive damages.
Steinberg is expected in court in Orange County once again on Feb. 21.