Illinois–“The Illinois Supreme Court declined on Wednesday to hear an appeal in the long-running legal dispute between Michael Jordan and a former lover who claims the retired superstar promised her $5 million.
“Karla Knafel contends that the former Chicago Bulls superstar agreed to pay her the money for remaining silent and agreeing not to file a paternity suit after she learned she was pregnant in 1991.
“Jordan denied making the promise and sued the woman in 2002, saying that she was trying to extort money from him and the child was not his. DNA tests later showed that Jordan was not the father.
“In December, a state appeals court ruled in Jordan’s favor, saying that even if Jordan made the agreement, the deal was unenforceable because Knafel had misled him about whether he was the child’s father.”
It shows how bad things are that I’m actually pleasantly surprised that Michael Jordan doesn’t have to pay $5 million to a woman to support a child who is not his. He must have a good attorney.
God knows how much he’d have to pay in “child support” if it were his kid.
The story is Michael Jordan’s ex-lover stymied by Illinois Supreme Court (Chicago Tribune, 3/27/08). Thanks to Justin, a reader, for sending it.