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Michael Jordan requests dismissal of paternity suit filed in Atlanta

Michael Jordan filed documents in a Georgia court on Monday requesting a paternity suit against the six-time NBA champion be dismissed, The Sports Xchange has confirmed.

Paula Smith had filed a paternity suit against Jordan in Fulton County, Ga., claiming he was the father of her 16-year-old son.

Jordan's filing claims it has already been determined that Jordan is not the father.

Estee Portnoy, Michael Jordan's spokeswoman, released the following statement Monday:

"Michael Jordan filed a motion to dismiss this morning, in the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia, in response to a false paternity suit. 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's filing contends the paternity of Smith's teenage son was determined in divorce filings between Smith and her ex-husband, Glenville G. Reynolds, filed in 2003. Smith was given legal and physical custody of the child at the time, with Reynolds receiving visitation rights.

Smith's lawsuit requests Jordan to take a paternity test, pay child support and share medical, dental and hospital costs that are not covered by insurance. Smith also seeks to have her son's last name legally changed to Jordan.

Jordan, 50, is the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats and recently relocated his permanent residence from Chicago to Florida.