Mistress denies extorting Jordan
Karla Knafel, the woman that was accused by Michael Jordan of extortion, is denying the charges and filing a lawsuit that claims Jordan offered her $5 million US to remain quiet about their relationship.
Knafel feels she is owed the money because Jordan was in breach of contract.
Jordan originally filed the lawsuit in October after he said he had a relationship with Knafel more than 10 years ago.
Jordan had paid the woman $250,000 US at the time because of a possible threat of "publicly exposing the relationship."
The lawsuit also explained that Knafel tried to get $5 million US more as well.
On Tuesday, Knafel's lawyer, Michael Hannafan, said: "It was Jordan who initially offered to pay her $5 million in the spring of 1991 for her agreement not to file a public paternity proceeding and for keeping their sexual relationship publicly confidential."
Hannafan said that his client had engaged in sexual activity with Jordan between 1989-1991 and that Knafel became pregnant shortly after she was with Jordan in November 1990.
Knafel alleges that Jordan then paid her $5 million US to keep the relationship silent, and about the child that was believed to have come from Jordan.
Knafel is no longer claiming that the child is Jordan's.
Jordan's attorney, Frederick Sperling authorized the 39-year-old Jordan "to state that the papers Karla Knafel filed with the court on Tuesday are full of lies. Any allegation that Michael Jordan is the father of any of Karla Knafel's children is completely untrue."
Jordan asked the court for an injunction barring further extortion efforts and a declaration that Knafel's demand is unenforceable because of her "existing obligation not to publicly expose the relationship."
Jordan has been married to his wife, Juanita, for more than 12 years.
Juanita Jordan filed for divorce last January, but withdrew the case one month later as the couple attempted reconciliation.
In 11 games this season, Jordan is averaging 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game.
The five-time MVP averaged 22.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 60 games last season with the Wizards.