Does Taj look like MJ? (WireImage/Youtube)
An Atlanta woman named Pamela Smith claims she had an extra-marital affair with the Chicago Bulls legend in 1995 (while he was still married to Juanita Vanoy) and is suing him to take a paternity test to prove he fathered her son, Grant Pierce Jay Jordan Reynolds, who was born in June 1996.
In Smith’s February 7 court documents, which were first obtained by TMZ, she states that once it’s proven that Jordan, now 50, is the father, she wants him to pay child support, as well as medical expenses for the 16-year-old, who goes by the name Taj.
It’s unclear why Smith, who calls herself “America’s Hottest Love Expert” on her Twitter page, has waited so long to prove paternity or how long her affair with the six-time NBA champion lasted.
Even though Jordan has not yet been proven to be Taj’s father, the teen is already bragging about his famous heredity online. In a YouTube clip he posted on Christmas Day, he reveals “exclusive” information to his “fans” that the rumors are true and he calls out Jordan to be more involved in his life. Taj also says that he has met Jordan and “we talked and all that stuff” and that he just wants him to “come out of the dark and stop being so secretive.” At the end of the minute-long clip, he tells everyone to follow him on Twitter, where he has nearly 50,000 followers. In the bio section, Taj points people to his email address, Taj23Jordan, which borrows from Jordan’s infamous jersey number, for “Booking & Feautures” (sic) … although it’s unclear what exactly his talent is.
Although Jordan initially declined to comment on the paternity suit, on March 4, he released a statement denying he is the father of Taj, which he claims was proven by a previous DNA test. "Public records show that the paternity of the child was established in a prior case in this same court many years ago and that Michael Jordan is not the father," said his rep. "It is unfortunate that well-known figures are the target of these kind of claims. Michael Jordan will vigorously defend himself and his reputation."
Jordan, who now owns part of the Charlotte Bobcats, has two sons, Jeffrey and Marcus, and one daughter, Jasmine, with Vanoy, whom he married in 1989. The couple first filed for divorce in 2002, but reconciled shortly thereafter. Four years later, they split once again and Vanoy received a whopping $168 million in the settlement, the largest for a celebrity divorce at the time.
In 2006, he reportedly paid a former lover $250,000 to keep their relationship a secret when she sued him for paternity. DNA tests later proved Jordan was not the father of the child in question.
Jordan is currently engaged to Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto, whom he proposed to on Christmas Eve 2011.
Jordan and Smith are due in court on March 12.
The Chicago-area estate Jordan is trying to unload for $29 million. (Zillow.com)
With 16 years of child support potentially looming, it looks like the basketball great might be trying to pad his bank account. Jordan recently listed his $29 million estate in Chicago’s Highland Park, which he first built in 1995, according to Zillow.com. The 56,000-sqaure-foot mansion sits on eight acres of land and boasts an indoor regulation-sized basketball court (of course), nine bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, five fireplaces, a guesthouse, outdoor tennis court, and three garages.
But don’t worry, Jordan won’t be homeless. He and Prieto are currently building another custom estate on three acres in Jupiter, Florida. In addition to the 28,000-square-foot home he built there in 2010, he recently acquired $4.8 million worth of additional lots to expand.
And, the AP reports that Jordan also just bought a $2.8 million 12,310-square-foot lakefront home in Cornelius, North Carolina. The foreclosed six-bedroom, eight-bathroom home reportedly sits on a gorgeous lake where Jordan already owns a condo, and is located about 22 miles north of where the Bobcats play their home games.
If only we could all be like Mike …
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