Michael Jordan And Wife File For Divorce

FILE--Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan laughs as his wife Juanita answers a question during the announcement of his retirement Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999, at the United Center in Chicago. Jordan's wife has filed for divorce, seeking to dissolve her 13-year marriage to the world's most famous basketball player, the Chicago Tribune reported on its Web site Monday night. In a petition filed Friday in circuit court in Waukegan, Ill., Juanita Jordan cited ``irreconcilable differences'' in seeking a dissolution of her marriage to Jordan
Michael Jordan and his wife of 17 years, Juanita, are divorcing.

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

The divorce papers were filed at the Lake County courthouse, where a judgment for dissolution of their marriage was entered today.

Juanita Jordan previously filed for divorce in January 2002, but withdrew her petition a month later when the couple announced they were attempting a reconciliation.

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During her last divorce petition, Jordan said attempts to reconcile their marriage had failed and future ones "would be impractical and not in the best interests of the family."

The couple met at a Chicago restaurant during his second season with the Bulls and were married Sept. 2, 1989, in Las Vegas. They have three children: Jeffrey, Marcus and Jasmine.

The 43-year-old Jordan, a part-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, led the Bulls to six NBA titles and was a five-time league MVP. He lives in Highland Park, Ill.