Michael Jordan, Pamela Smith Have Their Day in Court Over Love Child! [Details]
Rucuss staffMarch 12, 2013
Pamela Smith who accuses NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan of fathering her son had her day in court Tuesday.
Smith went before Judge Wendy Shoob at 2 p.m. in an effort to get Jordan to take a paternity test to determine if he is the father of 16-year old son, Taj. Smith’s attorney, Randy Kessler, is confident that Judge Tipton Lane won’t dismiss the case, per Jordan’s request.
In a court filing Tuesday, Kessler asked Judge Shoob to order Jordan to submit to “immediate genetic testing.” There was no immediate ruling from Shoob following a 20-minute hearing in the judge’s chambers, Reuters reports.
“My son has the right to know who his father is,” Smith told reporters after the hearing. “He has had an issue with it over the years.”
Smith contends that Jordan fathered Grant Pierce Jordan ‘Taj’ Reynolds during an affair 17 years ago, while Jordan was still married to, Juanita. But Jordan countered that Smith named her ex-husband as the boy’s father in divorce papers in 2005.
“We are honored to have been asked to represent Ms. Smith, who has been unable to resolve this matter herself,” Kessler said. “The vicious statements made in Mr. Jordan’s legal documents will be responded to in her own forthcoming pleadings, but at this time, Ms. Smith wants to be clear. Her former husband Mr. Reynolds has not been involved in her child’s life since the divorce in 2005, has never paid support for the child and has no interest in the child.
The claims by Respondent’s counsel that ‘It is troubling that Smith now inflicts measurable harm upon her son while seeking to deprive her son’s father Reynolds, of the rights and privileges of joint legal custody’ are completely unfounded and meant only to disparage her. Our client feels that Mr. Jordan had numerous opportunities to resolve this matter by having a simple conversation with her. If he claims he is not the father, a simple $300 saliva test could likely resolve the issue instead of further court or public involvement.”
Jordan, who was not present at the hearing, said he has no connection to the teenager. Jordan and Smith were involved in a relationship in 1995.
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