In response to accusations that he's an absentee dad and too obsessed with the Hollywood scene, Matt Leinart says he's sought to spend more time with his 9-month-old son with his ex-girlfriend, Brynn Cameron.
Leinart says he's even sought help from the courts.
"I love Cole more than anything or anyone," the Arizona Cardinals QB said in a statement to People. "I also really care about his mother, and would never say anything disparaging about her. I want to help him experience life's lessons that were taught to me by my mom and dad."
Brynn Cameron has criticized Leinart's parenting.
She told the Ventura County Star that she often reads that Leinart says how he loves being a dad, but she "spends 99.9 pecent of the time" with Cole and "it's been hard to do all the work, when he gets all the credit."
But Matt Leinart says that is not the entire story.
"Regardless of the allegations, I have gone to great lengths to increase my custodial time with Cole," Leinart says. "This includes seeking intervention from family law courts."
"I don't know if Cole's mother is motivated by anger or by financial gain," the Heisman winner added, "but it is my sincere hope that one day we will be able to effectively co-parent our son who we both love very much."
He did not elaborate on the court activity, but TMZ says the signal-caller is engaged in a raging legal battle with Brynn Cameron over custody of Cole Cameron Leinart.
According to sources close to the case, Brynn wants Matt Leinart to hand over more than $30,000 a month. This for a 21-year-old living with her parents!
According to sources close to the custody case, Leinart is pissed - having already bought Cameron a car, as well as voluntarily given her around six grand a month.
Leinart signed a six-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals in 2006 - worth around $51 million. Sources tell TMZ that the former USC standout already "comes back to L.A. once a week, every week, to see the baby," but wants a schedule where he can see Cole in Arizona as well.
Unlike many NFL stars who have kids out of wedlock or get indicted on federal dogfighting charges (cough, Michael Vick), many close to the situation say Matt Leinart (like Tom Brady surely will be) is an engaged dad who wants to be even more involved in son's life.
Yet Brynn Cameron claims she's doing all the hard work while Leinart, who's been linked romantically to Paris Hilton as well as Kristin Cavallari, "comes and goes whenever he wants ... he likes that Hollywood stuff and I don't like that."
In any event, Matt Leinart and Brynn Cameron are expected to hammer it out in court on August 13. Here's a picture of Brynn with Cole Cameron Leinart. Very cute!