Both sides meet in Jordan paternity suit

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Pamela Smith and her attorney, Randy Kessler appear outside court in Atlanta, talking with the media about the paternity suit.

ATLANTA - Both sides in the paternity suit between basketball legend Michael Jordan and Pamela Smith met in court on Tuesday.

Judge Wendy Shoob says lawyers for both sides met, and John Mayoue, Jordan's attorney filed a motion to dismiss the case.

Smith's attorney, Randy Kessler, is associated with several high-profile domestic disputes in Metro Atlanta. Outside court, Kessler said he felt Tuesday's proceedings would not result in the dismissal that Mayoue was seeking.

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"We are honored to have been asked to represent Ms. Smith, who has been unable to resolve this matter herself," Kessler said. "The vicious statements made in Mr. Jordan's legal documents will be responded to in her own forthcoming pleadings, but at this time, Ms. Smith wants to be clear. Her former husband Mr. Reynolds has not been involved in her child's life since the divorce in 2005, has never paid support for the child and has no interest in the child."

Jordan's attorney says Smith's son, 16-year-old Grant Pierce Jay Jordan "Taj" Reynolds, is not the basketball superstar's son. According to Jordan, Taj's father is Smith's ex-husband, and he has no connection with the teen. Smith says she wants Jordan to take a paternity test to conclusively prove the teen's paternity.

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No additional court dates have been scheduled in the case.

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