Athletes and Paternity Testing

Bjorn Borg, Pete Rose, Tug McGraw, Evander Holyfield, Oscar del la Hoya, Steve Garvey, Julius Erving and Michael Vick all have a few things in common. Besides all being professional athletes in various sports, all have been involved in media stories involving paternity claims. Many successful professional athletes reach celebrity status and thus attract attention. Celebrity status often attracts female fans hoping to share the limelight. Sometimes, leading a wild lifestyle or indulging in moments of indiscretion can lead to unplanned pregnancy. Whether or not he is married to the mother of the child, a biological father has a legal obligation to assist in providing children with support until they reach a specific age. In an effort to protect assets, reputation or an existing family, professional athletes may deny the claim or demand a DNA test.

Pete Rose, iconic superstar and would-be-hall-of-famer, has several children with different women and has been the focal point of paternity scandals before. In 1978, a paternity suit was filed that named Rose as the father of Morgan Erin Rubio, a young college student. In 1996, the lawsuit was settled and Rose acknowledged that Rubio was his daughter.

Julius Erving, affectionately known as “Dr. J,” by basketball fans, had an affair with a sports journalist during the 1960’s that resulted in a daughter; a daughter that would eventually become a superstar in her own right, as a professional tennis player. Without DNA testing, these claims could’ve amounted to nothing more than hearsay, but the tools of the modern era have enabled paternity to be determined with virtually absolute certainty.

DNA Testing

Testing begins by obtaining cells samples from the mother (a sample from the mother is not required for accurate results), father and child. By comparing the DNA of each sample, technicians can match the patterns to determine whether or not one is the biological father. The accuracy of DNA paternity testing is over 99.9%.

Home Paternity Testing

At one time, paternity testing required blood samples. However, with advancements in procedures and the development of technology, testing became simpler. Today, a DNA test is quickly and inexpensively performed using the cells obtained from the inside of the mouth with a swab. Now, myDNAtest makes test kits available to consumers through Walgreens. Using the same highly accurate techniques, anyone may collect the DNA samples in the privacy of their home and mail to a lab for analysis and accurate results. In one to two business days after arriving in the lab, home paternity test results become available. For more information about testing or where get a home paternity test kit, visit our Need a Home DNA Paternity Test page.