"The kid is not my son." Michael Jordan is channeling Michael Jackson per the latter's "Billie Jean." His response to a paternity suit announced last week say just that: A filing made on Monday seeks dismissal of the suit.
Last week we reported that Pamela Smith filed a paternity in Fulton County, Ga. in an attempt to establish the NBA Hallf of Fame member as the father of her son, Grant Pierce Jay Jordan Reynolds, also known as Taj. Taj was born in June of 1996, and for those wondering, at the time Jordan was married to Juanita Vanoy. Jordan and Vanoy wed in September of 1989; they divorced in December of 2006.
The filing from Jordan's lawyer said that paternity of the teen had already been established, and that the former NBA great was not the father. A representative for Jordan released a statement that said:
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.
It is unfortunate that well-known figures are the target of these kind of claims. Michael Jordan will vigorously defend himself and his reputation.
Notably, a video showing Taj (embedded) was uploaded to YouTube on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2012 by "Taj JordanTV," presumably Taj himself. Titled "Taj Jordan (Michael Jordan's Secret Son," it hab only garnered about 63,500 hits by the time the news about the suit went public.
With the publicity involved, it went viral. The video has now accumulated over 478,000 hits. It's unclear how Smith will respond to Jordan's filing, and there have been no Jordan related updates to Taj JordanTV's video channel.