NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Leigh Steinberg, a prominent sports
agent who helped inspire the movie "Jerry Maguire" and has
acknowledged a battle with alcoholism, was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public.
Police said Friday that Steinberg, 59, was taken into custody
about 8 p.m. on Oct. 22 after they got a report about a man
"screaming and attempting to climb a hill" above the Newport Auto
Center, Lt. Bill Hartford said.
Officers detected a "strong odor" of alcohol and Steinberg's
speech was slurred, although no alcoholic beverages were found,
"It appeared that he couldn't care for himself and others" and
Steinberg was taken to the city jail, where he was booked for
investigation of public intoxication and released on his own
recognizance pending a Dec. 8 court hearing, Hartford said.
A telephone message left for Steinberg was not immediately
Steinberg signed a statement that said police planned to seek
criminal charges and promising to appear in court, Hartford said.
But there was no record of Steinberg's latest arrest in the
district attorney's computer, so it was not immediately possible to
determine whether he had been charged, officials in the DA's office
The arrest was first reported Friday in The Orange County
Steinberg has represented boxer Oscar de la Hoya and
quarterbacks Troy Aikman, Steve Young and Drew Bledsoe.
In April 2007, Steinberg was arrested for investigation of
drunken driving after his Mercedes hit three parked cars and
knocked over a fire hydrant. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor
In 1997, Steinberg was sentenced to community service after
being arrested in Newport Beach for investigation of drunken
driving when he hit a car, injuring the driver.