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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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31.

MsSuburbia    

Tammy Loving and THE WITNESS: To put in in the language you understand: You's both ignant hoes. OMG, get some education before you start bringing up babies and putting ANYONE on blast! You're just messy and gross.

1042 days ago
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Elluzion    

Good thing the state of Texas caps child support payments at $2500 per month. Thats plenty of money to raise a child. Anymore and your trying to use his paycheck to raise yourself. And if thats not enough I encourage you take to take a financial advising class at your local college. They will educate you on how to spend wisely and arrange your priorities. Bottom line is child support is to raise the child, not put yourself in a Benz.

1042 days ago
33.

TAMMY'S BFF    

TONI DON'T FEEL COMPELLED TO EXPLAIN YOURSELF TO THESE STUPID AS*****ING BROADS, YOU HAVE CARRIED YOURSELF GRACEFULLY. I'm glad you were working 2 jobs to take care of your child ALONE, because you have shown these Stupid ass people that you didn't want his punk ass cash from the beginning. Hell if they think about it you could have come out a year ago, but you hadn't!!!! Instead he went to TMZ, now you will probably get a reality show from this mess. You will end up a Millionaire with or without his cash. Get ready Set.......Go get yo paper Girl!!!! Good Luck in all that you do!!!! :)

1042 days ago
34.

Barbara Bell    

For every1 thats trying to make Tonitra look bad until you all know what's really going on keep your filthy mouths close because when the truth really comes out about how your so call football player was acting towards Tonitra b4 she had the baby you all are gonna really be in for a surprise. Alot of times it's not about the money it's all about "RESPECT". By the way you guyz are so on Tanitra about "trying" to get money out of this suppose to be good guy what about him going outside his home messing around with other women when he has a wife at home.@ Tanitra do whatever it takes to get what you need and want because people are gonna be people talk is cheap DO YOU GIRL all smiles.

1041 days ago
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