Michael Jordan holds a special place in the NBA’s history books. Nobody has been able to match his dominance and no one has ever come close to matching his decorated resume. Players today have all taken inspiration from Mike in some form or the other. In Jimmy Butler’s case, some opine that it is more than mere inspiration The Miami Heat star has shown many similarities to Jordan, which brings fans to wonder if he is the legend’s long-lost son.
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— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) May 20, 2022
If images of Jordan and Butler were placed side by side, the similarities in their facial features are plenty. Jimmy’s nose is almost a perfect replica of Jordan’s and their face structure is about the same as well. What catches fans’ attention is Butler’s performance in the postseason. He seems almost as unstoppable as MJ at times, causing the theories on a potential connection between them to intensify.
However, the Heat All-Star has come forth to address the rumors. And to everyone’s disappointment, he revealed that Michael Jordan is not his father. His real parents are Jimmy Butler II and Londa Butler. He was abandoned by both his parents and lived with a foster family until he was drafted. Butler claims he has nothing against his parents and still maintains a close relationship with them.
Who is Michael Jordan’s secret child?
There was one unusual case that linked Jimmy Butler to possibly being Michael Jordan’s long-lost son. Before Butler revealed his truth, fans argued that both players had similar features. But a story about Jordan allegedly paying a former partner money to keep their love child a secret is what had everyone questioning the potential relationship.
A woman by the name of Pamela Smith accused the Chicago Bulls legend of impregnating her. Sources claim that she gave birth to a boy, whom she named Grant Pierce Jay Jordan Reynolds. However, he currently goes by the name of Taj Jordan. The child even claimed that Mike knew of him and they have spoken to each other before.
It is said that Jordan was physically involved with Pamela after he got married to his now ex-wife, Juanita Vanoy. Smith said she got pregnant in 1995. However, the entire story was a bit messy as Smith herself was in trouble for not paying her taxes. Pamela is currently a “loveologist” according to sources. Jordan had three children with Vanoy and after their divorce, he remarried and had two children with Yvette Prieto.