Report: The Bachelorette is cheating with Matt Leinart

Matt Leinart might not be having much of an impact on the football field these days, but he's still capable of being a big-time player on the tabloid scene. I guess it's nice to have a skill to fall back on.

Leinart, backup quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, is accused of swapping naughty text messages with Emily Maynard of "The Bachelorette." Trouble is, the end of a season of "The Bachelorette" usually ends with a marriage proposal, and Emily had just gotten engaged to a fellow named Jef Holm.

Bonus drama: Jef was also accused of trying to get back together with the girlfriend he had before he went on the show. That girlfriend is quoted in "US Weekly" as saying that Jef's made-for-TV relationship with Emily "isn't what it seems." Even more bonus drama: There are reports that Emily had agreed to pay Jef to keep all of this quiet.

So it seems most likely ‒ that is, if any of this is to be believed ‒ that Leinart is wrecking a fake television relationship. Which leads us to the obvious question: How does this affect the race for the AFC West?

Don't expect Leinart's performance to suffer. He's a veteran in the celebrity dating game, having previously been linked to Kristin Cavallari (now the mother of Jay Cutler's son) and to Paris Hilton. So expect him to remain as effective as he's ever been, which is to say, not very effective at all. The Chargers, on the other hand, could fall into a bit of a swoon, as Norv Turner might slide into a blue funk with news of the dissolution of Jef and Emily's beautiful relationship. I picture Norv as a guy who loves "The Bachelorette."

Also: canoodling. That doesn't have anything to do with anything, but this seems like a blog post that should have the word "canoodling" in it.

Leinart's Raiders play the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Gracias, USA Today.