Hall-of-Famer and six-time NBA Championship winner Michael Jordan is fighting off allegations that he fathered the 16-year-old son of Pamela Y. Smith, a woman that he met in the 1980s.
Michael is asking Georgia court to dismiss the lawsuit that Pamela has filed against him. According to Fox News, Michael has been asked to take a paternity test and pay child support. Also, Pam is requesting that her son’s last name be changed to Jordan and that a new birth certificate be issued to him.
According to a statement released Monday by Michael’s publicist to the Associated Press, this is not the first time that Pamela has accused him of being her son’s father.
The statement released through Estee Portnoy said, “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 kinds of claims. Michael Jordan will vigorously defend himself and his reputation.”
On Dec. 25, the boy posted a video on YouTube saying that Michael was indeed his father and that he wants the NBA legend 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. That’s why she is now speaking out and prompting Michael to do the right thing,” Pamela’s publicist, April Love stated Friday.
Michael calls the “shameless, bad faith attempt to abuse the legal system.”
If this suit does make it to court, any hearing or trial will be conducted in closed court in order to protect the teen’s privacy.
Watch Tahj Smith’s YouTube video below.