Michael Jordan paternity suit dropped
BY DAN ROZEK Staff Reporter March 18, 2013 2:29PM
Updated: March 18, 2013 4:50PM
An Atlanta woman has abruptly dropped the paternity suit she filed last month claiming Chicago Bulls’ legend Michael Jordan fathered her 16-year-old son.
Pamela Smith voluntarily dismissed the suit last week after determining such a move “is in her son’s best interests,” her attorney said Monday in a statement.
But Smith’s decision to drop the suit “without prejudice” still allows her to refile the claim, if she chooses.
The March 15 filing to drop the suit came only three days after a separate motion filed by Smith asked a judge to order Jordan to undergo genetic tests to establish if he is the father of Grant Pierce Jay Jordan Reynolds.
Smith, 48, declined Monday to comment on her decision to drop the suit, which was filed in Fulton County, Ga.
Her attorney, Randall Kessler, said in a statement Smith had acted without a lawyer when she filed what she “believed to be a legally appropriate case.”
But Kessler said, “Smith has relied on our advice and determined that dismissal at this time, without prejudice, is in her son’s best interests.”
In a statement, Jordan spokeswoman Estee Portnoy said no settlement or payment had been made to Smith in return for her dropping the paternity suit.
A spokeswoman for Smith last month said she had filed the suit because she wanted Jordan to formally “acknowledge his son.”
The teen was born on June 26, 1996, when Jordan was married to his now-former wife, Juanita.
Smith in her suit had sought child support and medical expenses from Jordan — and wanted to legally change her son’s last name to Jordan. Smith asked to retain full custody of the teen.
In response to the suit, Jordan in a March 4 legal filing contended the teen’s paternity had been “conclusively established” when Smith in her 2003 divorce filing said her former husband had fathered the boy.
He asked that Smith’s suit be dismissed and that she be ordered to pay his attorneys’ fees.