It seems nobody is immune to the who your baby’s daddy mamma drama these days. The latest person being required to take a paternity test is Michael Jordan. In March of this year, an Atlanta women filed a paternity suit seeking child support against the former NBA star. Jordan filed a counterclaim against the women for making false accusations. In order to settle the claim a judge ordered Jordan to take a paternity test.
Jordan’s spokeswoman released the following statement:
”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.”
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.
In response to Pamela Smith’s lawsuit, Jordan’s lawyer attached a 2003 divorce court filing between Smith and her then-husband Glenville G. Reynolds. The document said there was just one son born out of the marriage and listed the child’s birth date and name. At the end of the document, there is a statement signed by Smith saying everything is ”true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.”
Jordan also stated that this matter had been settled in a previous legal case years ago. Now all of this is fine and good, but it does not appear that Jordan ever took a paternity test to prove that he was not the father then or now because the most recent lawsuit has been dropped. Smith dropped the suit because she did not remove her ex-husband’s name from the birth certificate, but she plans on refiling with the help of her newly hired lawyer.
Obviously, if Smith was married to Reynolds when she gave birth to the son she now claims is Michael Jordan’s he would have had no reason to doubt that it was his child. My best guess is that Smith did not tell him then because she did not want to risk her marriage, but since the divorce she does not have anything to lose by claiming Jordan is the father especially if she truly believes he is.
On the other hand, Michael Jordan is a rich man, and what woman wouldn’t want him to be the father of her child. Even if he settles out of court without taking a paternity test, it could mean a hefty sum of money for Smith.
Michael Jordan has now rejoined a long list of high profile people, sports stars, other celebrities, and even politicians that have to deal with issues of paternity, including but not limited to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jude Law, Justin Bieber, Ryan Phillippe, Eddie Murphy, Neil Bush (Son of President George H.W. Bush and brother of President George W. Bush), Steve Jobs, Steven Tyler, Charlie Chaplin, Paul McCartney, Keanu Reeves, the late Anna Nicole Smith’s boyfriends (including Larry Birkhead), Jaimie Lynn Spears boyfriend, Marc Anthony, DMX, Hugh Grant, Mick Jagger, Elvis Presley, Busta Rhymes, Chris Rock, Mike Tyson, and Bill Cosby.
Some of the accused from the list above were the fathers such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eddie Murphy, Hugh Grant, and Jude Law while others were not including Justin Bieber, Chris Rock, and Keanu Reeves. Still other such as Elvis Presley just had to trust the mother of his potential child because DNA testing was not available.
In this day and age it is relatively easy and inexpensive to get a paternity test to either prove or disprove someone’s claim within days. So if you are experiencing any who’s my baby daddy mamma drama, check out TestMeDNA.com for convenient and affordable testing options.