A spate of recent public comments by USC basketball star Brynn Cameron and pro-football player Matt Leinart with regard to their son, 9-month-old Cole, may have been less about sharing their baby joy with the world and more about jockeying for legal position. In an exclusive statement to People magazine tonight, Matt refuted suggestions by Brynn that he is less than a hands-on father, and statements that he ‘comes and goes‘ from Cole’s life ‘whenever he wants.’
Regardless of the allegations made, I have gone to great lengths to increase my custodial time with Cole. This includes seeking intervention from the family law court.
Brynn currently receives $6,000/month from Matt — who is in the midst of fulfilling a 6-year, $51 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals — and her lawyer would like to see that amount increased to $30,000/month, which works out to a little over 4% of Matt’s income.
Matt, for his part, reportedly travels to and from California each week to visit with Cole, but would like the court to require that the baby travel to Arizona for visits as well. TMZ is also reporting that Matt recently filed a petition to establish paternity. Says Matt:
I love Cole more than anything or anyone. I also really care about his mom 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…I don’t know if Cole’s mother is motivated by anger or by financial gain, 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.
According to TMZ, the ex-couple are next due in court on Aug. 13.
Thanks to CBB readers Aimee and Malia.