Lawyers for a woman who says Michael Jordan is the father of her 16-year-old son asked a judge on Tuesday to order the basketball legend to immediately take a DNA test, according to a Reuters report.
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Pamela Smith, 48, filed a paternity lawsuit against Jordan last month in hopes of receiving child support. Jordan, meanwhile, has denied that he is the father of the child and filed a counterclaim seeking sanctions against Smith for making false claims.
According to Jordan’s lawyers, Smith acknowledged in a divorce proceeding that her now ex-husband is the father of the child.
"It is unfortunate that well known figures are the target of these kind of claims," Jordan’s spokeswoman, Estee Portnoy, said in a statement.
But Smith’s attorney, Randy Kessler, said Tuesday that a saliva test will prove or disprove the paternity question, Reuters reports.
There was no immediate ruling from Fulton County Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob following a 20-minute hearing Tuesday, according to the report.
If Jordan is found to be the father and is ordered to pay child support, it would reportedly only be until the 16-year-old graduates from high school in about two years.