Michael Jordan wants paternity lawsuit dismissed
Not much evidence is needed for a judge to compel someone in Georgia to submit to a paternity test, said Randy Kessler, an Atlanta attorney who specializes in family law and is not involved in this case. However, in a case with an established father, it is more difficult because his rights would be affected, Kessler said.
The lawsuit requests that any hearing or trial be conducted in closed court to protect the teen's privacy.
However, Smith's publicist acknowledged 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.
According to court documents, Smith does not have an attorney. A court date is scheduled for March 12.
Jordan remains one of the most recognized sports figures in the world nearly 10 years after his retirement from the NBA. He was a 14-time NBA all-star and won six championships with the Chicago Bulls and was named the finals MVP six times.
On March 17, 2010, the NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved Jordan's purchase of the Bobcats, making him the first former NBA player ever to become the majority owner of a league franchise.
Reed reported from Charlotte, N.C.
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