[AT LEAST HIS BOBCATS BEAT THE LAKERS YESTERDAY]
CHICAGO (Reuters) (Reuters) - Michael Jordan, the retired basketball superstar, and his wife of 17 years announced their divorce in a statement issued by their lawyers on Friday.
Jordan, 43, part-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats NBA team, and his wife, Juanita, 47, married in 1989. They have three teenage children and have lived in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois.
Juanita Jordan withdrew a divorce petition in 2002 and the couple said at the time they would attempt to mend their marriage.
Local media reported the divorce was amicable, based on divorce papers filed in Lake County, Illinois. The two were pictured together attending their two sons’ Chicago-area high school basketball game on Friday.
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The statement from their lawyers said the divorce judgment was granted on Friday.
Jordan is one of the world’s wealthiest former athletes, with extensive endorsement contracts and business interests.
He retired as a player after the 2003 season with a lifetime 30-point-a-game average. He led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships in the 1990s and captured five league Most Valuable Player awards.