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Cowboys Star to Judge:

I Want to be Involved

in My Child's Life

11/15/2011 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jay Ratliff
Dallas Cowboys defensive stud Jay Ratliff wants a judge to know ... he's willing to put in the time and the money to be a great father to his newborn son ... but he thinks his baby mama is trying to take advantage of his big, fat bank account.

Ratliff -- a 3-time Pro Bowl nose tackle who recently signed a $40 million contract extension -- was hit with a paternity suit back in April by a woman named Tonitura Kelley, who claimed the NFL star was the father of her then-unborn child.

According to court docs, Ratliff submitted to a paternity test, which revealed a positive match between Jay and the baby. Kelley filed a request for child support ... but sources familiar with the case tell us she's looking for more money than state guidelines provide for.

Jay filed docs saying he wants to be involved in the child's life -- and is making a play for shared custody. He and Tonitura are due back in court in the near future.

Ratliff's rep tells TMZ ... Jay is currently visiting with his son at least 3 times a week ... adding, "Jay's stepped up to become a good father, he loves his child ... and he's letting the judicial system run its course."

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53 COMMENTS

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1.

Cognizant _illiberal    

Go Cowboys

1020 days ago
2.

bunny    

He better see that child if that ho is going to take his money. I am so sick of these money grubbing whores. They are everywhere.

1020 days ago
3.

Superman    

The only reason she had the child is to get "child support" payments! Whore!

1020 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

he wants to pay her 498.75 a month which is the state guidleines in Texas..real big spender there huh ..she is asking for 1000.00 a month..thats doesnt sound out of line for a football player to pay
give her the money u bum

1020 days ago
5.

Cognizant _illiberal    

Go Cowboys being gay is not normal neither is being atracted to childeren

1020 days ago
6.

ManiacalZebra    

Good for him to want to be in his child's life. Unless there's a reason not to, he should get shared custody.

1020 days ago
7.

Sunshine    

When are these guys going to learn to use protection?
These women are sleeping with them hoping to hit the jackpot by getting pregnant.

1020 days ago
8.

Sarah    

I am not American but I would gladly come work for TMZ and edit your posts.

"it's course" its*

Whatever the topic is, journalism is journalim, and a certain level of pride should be involved when posting something. When you write three lines to accompany a picture, checking for spelling and grammar shouldn't be too laborious.

1020 days ago
9.

your own luck    

Tonitura?? Who thinks up ridiculous names like this? Lame and laughable.

1020 days ago
10.

LoriLeeO    

Guess he should have kept it in his pants or wrapped it up!

1020 days ago
11.

TheHOLETruth    

Tonitura?

1020 days ago
12.

karlew    

LOL she must be reeling. Looks like her payday plans just got sabotaged.

1020 days ago
13.

livlyfefee    

what about his wife beatrice and their two little girls???

1020 days ago
14.

Baby momma    

Dont believe everything you hear. I am the so called "whore" and I work 2 jobs now and did while I was pregnant. Sometimes women just fall in love w the wrong men simple!

1020 days ago
15.

dd    

STUD? What the hell TMZ...

1020 days ago
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