Real-Life 'Jerry Maguire' Files for Bankruptcy
Super agent Leigh Steinberg is millions in debt
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2012 12:33 PM CST
A 2006 file photo of sports agent Leigh Steinberg.   (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

(Newser) – The sports agent who inspired the movie Jerry Maguire is now probably very unhappy with said movie's catchphrase. Leigh Steinberg is "several million dollars" in debt and has filed for bankruptcy protection, reports the AP. "I just lost track while I was in rehab," he tells the news service. Steinberg—one of the first, if not the first "super agent"—acknowledges being an alcoholic, but says he's been sober since 2010. The 1996 movie made the phrase "Show me the money!" entirely too popular for quite a while.

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Jan 15, 2012 1:16 PM CST
This is funny because just 1.5 hours prior to this story being published, a story entitled "Show Us Your Money, Romney" was put up.
Jan 13, 2012 2:44 PM CST
Sounds like he pissed away a fortune.
Jan 12, 2012 4:10 PM CST
Filing for bankruptcy means nothing to these people. I believe that the Donald has filed a few times also and it has slowed him down. Bankruptcy is just another tool to be used.