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Jordan v. Knafel
Citation:355 Ill. App. 3d 534, 823 N.E.2d 1113 (2005)
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Knafel was introduced to Jordan over the telephone in the spring of 1989. They continued having long-distance conversations after that initial call. On September 2, 1989 Jordan married his wife, Juanita. In December 1989 Knafel traveled to Chicago to meet Jordan, and they had unprotected sex. In November 1990, Jordan and Knafel stayed together in Arizona where they again had unprotected sex. In early 1991, Knafel discovered that she was pregnant. She believed that the baby was Jordan’s, and in the spring of 1991 she told Jordan about her pregnancy. Jordan was worried about destroying his public image and asked Knafel to abort the baby. She refused. In the spring of 1991, Jordan offered a proposed settlement of $5 million dollars, upon his retirement from basketball, if Knafel agreed not to file a paternity suit against him and to keep their relationship confidential. Knafel accepted Jordan’s offer. In July 1991, Knafel’s child was born. Jordan paid certain hospital bills and medical costs and also paid Knafel $250,000 dollars for “her mental pain and anguish arising from her relationship with him.” Jordan announced his retirement from basketball in 1993, but then returned to the NBA. In September 1998, Knafel approached Jordan while he was vacationing in Las Vegas and reminded him of their agreement. Jordan allegedly reaffirmed the agreement. A few months later, Jordan retired from professional basketball again. On October 23, 2002, Jordan filed a complaint for a declaratory judgment and injunctive relief against Knafel, denying that he agreed to pay her $5 million dollars.
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