Deloris Jordan, the mother of Michael Jordan, is disputing the authenticity of four of her son’s University of North Carolina documents being sold by Goldin Auctions.
The auction company is offering four items — two recruitment letters, a diploma, and a transcript — the they assert are original versions. Deloris, however, disagrees:
I know what I have. They are all replicas. I just can’t sit by and let these people say that they have what they say they have, when they don’t (ESPN).
Goldin Auctions had the items authenticated by PSA/DNA. Joe Orlando, the president of the company, defended the authenticity of the disputed items:
We stand behind our authenticators’ opinion 100 percent that what the auction is selling is real. And there hasn’t been anything legitimate presented that contradicts the opinion of our authenticators. I respect Mrs. Jordan’s approach and concern, but unless there’s evidence to the contrary here, it doesn’t mean much.
Goldin Auctions CEO Ken Goldin echoed something similar:
I have no doubt that Mrs. Jordan has numerous recruiting letters in her possession that she saved from her son Michael, and likely many from the University of North Carolina. However, based upon the above facts as well as the third-party authentication, we find it unlikely she has the originals of these two particular letters.
The auction for the four items ends on February 7.