NBA champion Michael Jordan pleaded with a Georgia court this week to dismiss a paternity case against him. Jordan feels that the lawsuit claiming he fathered a 16-year-old boy represents an abuse of the court system. Pamela Y. Smith initiated the paternity suit against the 50-year-old basketball celebrity in the Fulton County Superior Court. According to a divorce case between Smith and her former husband, documentation suggests otherwise.
Smith reportedly met Jordan in the late 1980s in Chicago. She claims that an intimate relationship between the two produced the birth of the baby boy in 1995. Also named Michael, the teen and the retired player reportedly met several times during the course of the boy’s lifetime. Smith claims that Jordan privately on a number of occasions provided her family with gifts and money.
Usually court cases which involve minors remain private, but has become seemingly impossible with the uproar of media attention. The boy posted a YouTube video last Christmas claiming that Jordan was indeed his biological father. The woman maintains that she does not require the celebrity’s money for support, but that her son insisted on the lawsuit in attempts at making Jordan acknowledge the truth of their relationship.
The suit requests that the court order Jordan to submit to a paternity test. If proved the father, the documents further request that the athlete pay child support and contribute to medical costs. The boy also desires to change his name legally from Reynolds to Jordan. He also requests the possibility of obtaining a new and accurate birth certificate.
Pamela Smith claims that Jordan began fathering the boy several years ago in the same courtroom. In 2003, Smith divorced her former husband Glenville G. Reynolds. Documents created at that time state that she and Reynolds produced the child. Paperwork included the teen’s name and birth date. Smith signed the documents and a statement verifying the truth of the information contained within. At that time, Jordan filed a countersuit against Smith for the accusations.
An official hearing before a judge begins on March 12. If the judge requires that Jordan undergo DNA testing, the action may nullify Reynolds’ rights as the legal parent. Time will tell whether the court dismisses or reopens the case and holds Jordan accountable.
After retiring from basketball almost a decade ago, Michael Jordan retains recognition as one of the most popular athletic celebrities on the planet. During his career, Jordan received numerous awards that included winning the rank of NBA all-star 14 times and being named Most Valuable Player six times. While playing with the Chicago Bulls, Jordan participated in six championships with the team. In March of 2010, Michael Jordan purchased the Charlotte Bobcats professional basketball team.
Hundreds of thousands of men forcefully or willingly undergo DNA testing every year to determine paternity. Reports suggest that of all the tests are completed, approximately one third of the tests identify the man as the legal father of the child. Modern tests offer a more affordable and discreet option for evaluating genetic information. In most cases, individuals can submit oral swab samples by ordering an at home DNA test kit.
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