Michael Jordan Files to Have Paternity Suit Dismissed

by March 04, 2013
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Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is moving quickly to have the paternity suit that was recently filed against him dismissed by a Georgia court. MJ says he’s not the father of Pamela Y. Smith’s teenage son. Per the AP: “Jordan’s lawyer John Mayoue said in the document filed Monday in Fulton County Superior Court that the six-time NBA champion is not the father of Pamela Y. Smith’s son. Jordan accused her of making false claims against him. The NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats majority owner said the paternity of the teen has already been “conclusively established” in divorce filings between Smith and her ex-husband. Jordan, 50, released a statement on Monday through his spokeswoman Estee Portnoy saying, ‘Public records show that the paternity of the child was established in a prior case in this same court many years ago and that Michael Jordan is not the father. He also filed a counterclaim seeking sanctions for the false claims made against him. It is unfortunate that well-known figures are the target of these kind of claims. Michael Jordan will vigorously defend himself and his reputation.’ Jordan’s response to Smith’s Feb. 6 lawsuit said her suit is a “shameless, bad faith attempt to abuse the legal system.’ Smith’s lawsuit requests Jordan take a paternity test and pay child support. She also requested the boy’s last name be changed to Jordan, and for a judge to order the Georgia Department of Vital Records to issue him a new birth certificate. The lawsuit requests that any hearing or trial be conducted in closed court to protect the teen’s privacy. However, Smith’s publicist acknowledged that the teen posted a video to YouTube on Dec. 25, saying Jordan is his father and that he wants him to play a larger role in his life. ‘Pamela had no choice but to support her son and his desire to forge a relationship with his father,’ Smith’s publicist, April Love, said in a statement Friday. ‘That’s why she is now speaking out and prompting Michael to do the right thing.’ Love said Smith, 48, and Jordan met in Chicago in the late 1980s.”