Reggie Bush did not appear at a deposition Monday scheduled in a civil suit by a would-be representative. Bush's attorneys filed a motion seeking to keep any future testimony private.
It's the latest delay in the suit filed by Lloyd Lake, who is seeking repayment of almost $300,000 in cash, expenses and gifts that he said he gave to Bush and his family in an attempt to launch a sports marketing company. Lake canceled his deposition on Feb. 12 when a man with Bush's attorneys showed up with a gun.
Monday was to have been Bush's first extended description of the events surrounding his interaction with Lake and business partner Michael Michaels while Bush was at USC. If Bush were found to have accepted compensation from agents, it could cause USC to forfeit games in which he played and lose his Heisman Trophy. Bush has denied the allegations in previous comments to the media.
"We take his failure to show up for the deposition and produce documents regarding his finances while at USC as a strong admission of guilt," said Brian Watkins, Lake's attorney.
Watkins said he received a fax from one of Bush's attorneys saying the New Orleans Saints' running back wouldn't be coming.
"He literally ran from his deposition," said Watkins.
Watkins requested that Bush bring extensive financial records, including those documenting the purchase of a car, as well as canceled rent checks for the suburban San Diego home where his parents lived and for a condo in Los Angeles.
Bush's attorney, David Cornwell, declined to comment to The Associated Press.
"I have nothing to provide for you," Cornwell said when reached on his cell phone.
Watkins said Lake will file a motion to compel Bush to give his deposition. He said the deposition of LaMar Griffin, Bush's stepfather, is still scheduled for Feb. 27. In Bush's motion filed Monday he sought to prevent any depositions by him and his family from being shared with the NCAA or the media.
"The NCAA has asked for a copy of Reggie Bush's deposition transcripts. I told them we will definitely consider it," Watkins said. "They want to prevent that from happening."
Lake's deposition has been rescheduled for March 10.
J.A. Adande is the author of "The Best Los Angeles Sports Arguments." He joined ESPN.com in August 2007 after 10 years with the Los Angeles Times. Click here to e-mail him. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.