Michael Jordan is not the father. The paternity suit against the NBA legend has been withdrawn.
According to Reuters, Pamela Smith, 48, claims that Jordan is the father of her 16-year-old son. Smith filed a paternity suit against him earlier this month but, after receiving advice from her lawyer, has decided to drop the suit.
Smith’s attorney, Randy Kessler, told Reuters: “She began this case without an attorney and did her best to file what she believed to be a legally appropriate case. She then hired our firm just before the first court appearance. Ms. Smith has relied on our advice and determined that dismissal at this time, without prejudice, is in her son’s best interests.”
Kessler added that his client still “stands by the facts” alleged in the initial complaint but has decided that now is not the best time for a lawsuit.
Smith claims that the lawsuit is not about money. She was asking Jordan to pay child support, but she said she’s more interested in putting her son’s mind at ease.
Smith said: “My son has the right to know who his father is … He has had an issue with it over the years.”
Jordan, who will be getting married soon, has denied that he is the boy’s father. He filed a counter suit earlier this month against the woman for making false claims. His lawyer claimed that Smith had already established the boy’s parentage in 2003 when she filed for divorce. According to Jordan’s lawyer, Smith’s ex-husband Glennville G. Reynolds is the boy’s father.
Jordan’s spokeswoman, Estee Portnoy, said in a statement: “It is unfortunate that well known figures are the target of these kind of claims.”