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The greatest basketball player of all-time is ready to go to battle one more time, but in a different kind of court.

Michael Jordan has asked a Georgia court to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by a woman who says the NBA hall of famer is the father of her 16-year-old son.  In a document filed Monday in Fulton County Superior Court, Jordan’s lawyer John Mayoue says  that the six-time NBA champion is not the father of Pamela Y. Smith’s son.

 

Via AP:

Jordan, 50, released a statement to The Associated Press on Monday through his spokeswoman Estee Portnoy saying, “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. He also filed a counterclaim seeking sanctions for the false claims made against him. 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 also called the lawsuit a “shameless, bad faith attempt to abuse the legal system.” Smith’s lawsuit requests Jordan take a paternity test and pay child support in addition to the boy’s last name be legally changed to Jordan.  Moreover, she requests the Georgia Department of Vital Records to issue him a new birth certificate.

“Pamela had no choice but to support her son and his desire to forge a relationship with his father,” Smith’s publicist, April Love, said in a statement Friday. “That’s why she is now speaking out and prompting Michael to do the right thing.”

Love said Smith, 48, and Jordan met in Chicago in the late 1980s.

Photo: AP

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