Michael Jordan fans in New York may have already heard about the paternity
suit filed against him. Jordan denies the allegation that he is the father
of a woman's 16-year-old son and is fighting the
paternity suit. He has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit and is countersuing
the woman for making false accusations.
The interesting thing about the woman's allegations is that public
records may reveal that the paternity of the child in question was established
during a divorce proceeding years ago. According to Jordan's court
documents, another man was conclusively found to be the father of the
child in question during those proceedings. A spokeswoman for Jordan says
he will defend his reputation and himself against these allegations.
According to the woman's documents, she and Jordan met in the late
1980s In Chicago. She is asking the court to order Jordan to submit to
a paternity test and pay child support. She would also like to have the
boy's last name legally changed to Jordan and have a new birth certificate issued.
There are many men in New York who may be able to empathize with Michael
Jordan's situation. Men are often brought into court to prove they
are not the father of a child; and when it is shown that a man is not
the father, the damage is already done. There are many women who are honestly
just trying to have the father of their child held accountable for their
child by asking the court to determine paternity and order child support.
Unfortunately, there are some women who abuse the system, though it remains
to be seen how this litigation will be resolved.
Source: USA Today, "Michael Jordan files to dismiss paternity lawsuit," March 4, 2013