March 4, 2013 (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.
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, pay child support and share medical, dental and hospital costs that are not covered by insurance..
Publicist Estee Portnoy said Jordan has no comment. The lawsuit also requests the boy’s last name be changed to Jordan, and for a judge to order the Georgia Department of Vital Records to issue him a new birth certificate.
Part of the lawsuit requests that any hearing or trial be conducted in closed court to protect the teen’s privacy. However, Smith’s publicist acknowledged that 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 says Smith and Jordan met in Chicago in the late 1980s.
According to court documents, Smith does not have an attorney and a court date is scheduled for March 12.