March 4, 2013

Jordan files for paternity lawsuit to be dismissed

Kate Brumback and Steve Reed / The Associated Press

ATLANTA — Michael Jordan has asked a Georgia court to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by a woman who says the NBA hall of famer is the father of her 16-year-old son.

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Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan looks on from courtside during an NBA basketball in this Jan. 23, 2013, photo. He says the paternity suit against him is a "shameless, bad faith attempt to abuse the legal system."

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Jordan's lawyer says in the document filed Monday in Fulton County Superior Court that he is not the father of 48-year-old Pamela Y. Smith's son. Jordan has also filed a counterclaim against Smith for false claims made against him.

The 50-year-old owner of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats says the paternity of the teen has already been "conclusively established" in divorce filings between Smith and her ex-husband.

Jordan's response to Smith's Feb. 6 lawsuit says her suit is a "shameless, bad faith attempt to abuse the legal system."

In Smith's lawsuit she requests that Jordan take a paternity test and pay child support.

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