Michael Jordan Hit with Paternity Suit Over Alleged 16-Year-Old Love Child

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterMarch 1, 2013

Michael Jordan is being sued by a woman who claims he is the father of her 16-year-old son. TMZ reports that a paternity test will be involved in the lawsuit against the NBA legend:

Pamela Smith claims in her paternity suit—filed February 6 in Fulton County, GA and obtained by TMZ—she became pregnant after having sex with Jordan in 1995. Pamela gave birth to Grant Pierce Jay Jordan Reynolds—aka Taj—in June 1996. BTW, Jordan was married to Juanita Vanoy at the time he allegedly had sex with Smith. 

Jordan was indeed married to Vanoy back in 1995. The pair tied the knot in 1989, and had three kids together—sons Jeffrey and Michael, and daughter Jasmine. Jordan and Vanoy split in 2002 before having their union officially dissolved in 2006. 

Here is a picture of Jordan and Smith with no date cited:

Judging off Jordan's appearance alone, the photo has to be well over a decade old.

Now, this is not the first time the Charlotte Bobcats owner has had to answer for love child allegations. Jordan may have been the greatest of all time on the court, but he has also been known for off-court extracurriculars that cast a dark shadow over his playing career. 

Whether it was gambling or extramarital affairs, the former Chicago Bulls star is no stranger to these types of scandals. 

Back in 2003, Jordan was taken to court by Karla Knafel, a woman he had an alleged sexual relationship from 1989 to 1991, via USA Today. At that time, a judge denied Knafel the $5 million she was seeking when DNA tests found her child was not fathered by Jordan. 

This case differs in a number of ways—the most compelling of which is the access to social media this particular 16-year-old possesses. 

In December, Taj Smith took to YouTube to announce that he was Michael Jordan's son:

Now, there is a face, a voice and a personality tied to this lawsuit. Whether fair or not, this is the age we live in and the access people have to tell their side of the story. 

Up to this point, Jordan has failed to deliver his side of the story. TMZ attempted to get in touch with his camp with no success. 

Until we hear word from "His Airness" and the case is carried out, these are all just allegations. Nonetheless, it's clear that Jordan's past has caught up to him once again. 


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