Indiana Pacers forward Paul George has been sued by a former stripper who claims the NBA star fathered the girl she gave birth to on May 1, according to reports by the New York Post (via ESPN.com) and New York Daily News reporters Stefan Bondy, Barbara Ross and Dareh Gregorian.
According to those reports, 24-year-old Daniela Rajic is "seeking a court-ordered DNA test and legal declaration that George is the father."
Rajic filed the suit in Manhattan Family Court on Wednesday and George, 24, addressed the situation during Friday's shootaround ahead of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, saying it would not be a distraction for either him or his Pacers teammates moving forward.
Sources cited by both the Post and Daily News, via ESPN, say that a private paternity test has confirmed that George is the father of the girl, who is named Olivia. Rajic's lawyer, Raoul Felder, told the Daily News that the two-time NBA All-Star has met the child already and has willingly paid for medical expenses.
According to the Post, George and Rajic met in Miami last summer and were in a brief relationship that lasted only for few months.
George's representative revealed the following statement to the Post, via ESPN: "If and when the legal process confirms that the baby is his, he will fully embrace his responsibilities as a father and provide emotional and financial support to the child."
George and the Pacers will look to force a series-deciding Game 7 on Friday night when they take on the Miami Heat in a potential elimination game in South Beach.
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