Leinart facing scrutiny over Internet pics
Updated: April 1, 2008, 7:02 PM EST
Matt Leinart is used to the spotlight. But this is probably something he wishes wasn't so public.
The Cardinals' quarterback is in a bit of hot water this week after pictures surfaced on the Internet of the former USC star partying at his Phoenix-area home. One of the pictures shows Leinart in what appears to be a hot tub with four young women. Another shows him holding a beer bong, with a girl crouching at the other end.
Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said Tuesday that he was "disappointed" in the quarterback, according to a report on the Web site of the East Valley Tribune.
"Matt called me Monday morning and we spoke for a while," Whisenhunt said in a statement, according to the Tribune. "I reiterated to him the type of behavior that we expect at all times from our players. He understands that as well as the level of scrutiny that he's under because of who he is. It's being handled internally.
"I was disappointed but at the same time have no doubts about his commitment to this football team or his ability to lead it."
Leinart, who began last season as the Cardinals' starter, was limited to just five games after he broke his collarbone. Before Leinart went down with the injury, he was already splitting time with veteran Kurt Warner after he struggled in his first few games.
In the five games he played, Leinart completed 60 of 112 passes, with two touchdown passes and four interceptions. His quarterback rating was a scant 61.9.
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