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Michael Jordan

Files for Divorce

12/29/2006 7:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Juanita and Michael JordanFor the second time in their 17-year marriage, basketball legend Michael Jordan and his wife are calling it quits.

In a statement issued through their lawyers, Juanita and Michael Jordan announced that they have "mutually and amicably decided to end their 17-year marriage. A judgment for dissolution of their marriage was entered today. There will be no further statements."

Juanita filed for divorce in 2002, citing "irreconcilable differences," but withdrew her petition just weeks later when the couple announced they were attempting a reconciliation. During the earlier divorce proceedings, Juanita sought custody of their three children, a 25,000-square-foot home in suburban Highland Park and half of the rest of the couple's property.

In July, a judge rejected a lawsuit brought by Jordan's former lover, Karla Knafel, who said that Jordan had promised her $5 million for her silence, and for not filing a paternity suit when she learned she was pregant in 1991. Jordan denies making any promises.

Juanita and Michael were married married Sept. 2, 1989 in Las Vegas. They have three children; Jeffrey, 17, Marcus, 15, and Jasmine, 13.

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James    

Juanita hired a detective to bust him so she knew he was "out there". They tried to work on their marriage but it didn't work out. She deserves half of their fortune because they were married when he accumulated the bulk of it. I will say some of you women out there are so bitter. Making comments like "take him for all he's got girl" and "he deserves to get his income knocked in half" just shows the vindictiveness in those who made those comments. Mike deserves to give her half but he doesn't deserved to be judged by the "Order of Hell Hath no Fury Like a Woman Scorned" club. Some of you women act like Mike dumped YOU.

2614 days ago
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James    

Just looking at this post; it's sickening to know how many women think ALL MEN CHEAT! Maybe Michael did but he isn't ALL MEN and he certainly doesn't represent ALL MEN. Then some of you have the nerve to act like you were involved in their marriage. Don't throw stones because I am sure your glass houses will break too. For the woman that said she doesn't see why Juanita didn't leave him 5 years ago, it's simple. She was hurt and they (not you bitter women) decided to TRY to reconcille. It didn't work so they are moving on.

2614 days ago
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Candace    

I wonder if this has anything to do with him playing "the wingman" lately...

2667 days ago
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Lenn K    

Like who didn't see this coming. Everytime I saw Michael he was alone and never with wife or kids. Wasn't he hanging out with Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller and they were trying to pickup some gal and she asked, "are you married?" Good luck Mike, she going to backup the Uhaul for a boat load of money.

2667 days ago
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JaneaneTheAcerbicGoblin    

Contrary to popular belief, Jordan was not as nice a guy as his image preported. He had girlfriends all over the place, he gambled like mad, he played horrible baseball, and he tarnished his NBA legacy because his ego said he could still play like he used to. His wife and him had tons of problems, so this isn't surprising. The Chicago media will spin it as sad, despite the fact they know the truth.

2667 days ago
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JULIE    

I THINK IT'S SAD.

2667 days ago
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Marilyn Overstreet    

Where is suburban HIGHLAND PARK?????

2667 days ago
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the wise old owl    

I agree with post # 2 Lenn K : I say " what the F*ck took her so long. He has been far from "faithfull " and Juanita has put up with enough of his B.S. to last a lifetime. It was evident that they were married in " name only ". If anyone deserves half his fortune it's her. He can afford it.

She's already adjusted to life without him anyway. Just like Lenn said he is far from a model " father " figure and most of his time has been spent on the golf course or chorusing with his PALS. Now it's just OFFICIAL. Good luck Juanita. You deserve better.anyway.

2667 days ago
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Sumumba    

mid-life crisis it sounds like ...but hell who knows....at least the children are older and can handle it ..hopefully at least

2667 days ago
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...    

Petra -- Highland Park is a northern suburb of Chicago, very close to the Bulls' training facility.

Even tho I am not surprised I find this sad news...

2667 days ago
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billyboyhere    

#4 Petra

suburban Highland Park is a north suburb of chicago...its ritzy, exclusive and has very very expensive homes....its considered the "North Shore" of Chicago as it also resides next to Lake Michigan...

2667 days ago
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yacub    

It's okay, Mike! Man's gotta what he's gotta do, y'know! I'm going thru it myself, but not rich and famous like you. I did my own before my rich and fame arrives. Can we hang out? Just kidding.

2667 days ago
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bet    

I sorry that happen

2667 days ago
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bag    

the jerk never acted married anyway.....take him to the cleaners mrs. jordan....

2667 days ago
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bag    

michael used to keep a different woman in every city the bulls played games in....he deserves to get his income knocked in half.....go juanita....

2667 days ago
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