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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV/NEWSPATH) - A high school love letter by then-teen Michael Jordan that is making rounds on the Internet has now sparked a controversy.
The note from Charlotte resident and Wilmington native was uploaded to a site called "Letters of Note" last week and was featured on ESPN's website. (Click here to read the full note)
In the note, Jordan – then just 18 – writes to apologize to his then-girlfriend Laquette Robinson. He said that he recently made her "look pretty rotten."
Jordan wrote the note in 1980 while in an advanced chemistry class at Laney High School in Wilmington.
Now, the North Carolina woman who received the love letter from Jordan years ago is demanding answers.
Laquetta Robinson wants to know how someone got their hands on the now-famous high school love note and made thousands of dollars off it.
Robinson says her high school sweetheart, Jordan, wrote the letter to her and she thought the letter was in her possession.
"That was between him and me. Not anyone else. It wasn't for anyone else to have knowledge of it. That's something he wrote to me, at that time, out of his heart," said Robinson, who lives in Goldsboro.
No one else was supposed to have knowledge of the letter, she said.
"More than anything, I wouldn't want Michael to think that I did it, cause I wouldn't want him to think that I would betray him in this way," Robinson said.
So she was understandably surprised when she saw the two-page document on TV last week. Her romance with a teenaged Jordan was out in the open for everyone to read.
According to Lelands.com, a sports auction house, the love note and a picture of Robinson and Jordan dressed up for prom is now in the hands of someone else. Someone, who paid thousands of dollars, for the items in December 2004.
"In the course of the time of our courtship, I've had a jersey that's missing, I don't know where it is. I've had pictures that are missing," she said.
Robinson says she never knew the letter was missing and now she fears there could be more items that are unaccounted for.
She suspects a family member took the letter and sold it to the auction house. That's why she's vowing to take legal action against the person who stole the items.
Jordan, who played at UNC-Chapel Hill and helped win the school one national championship, is considered to be one of the best – if not the best – college and pro basketball player ever.
These days Jordan owns a condo in uptown Charlotte and also owns the Charlotte Bobcat NBA team.
The 1 1/2 page note, written on regular 5-hole ruled notebook paper ends "With my best love, Michael J. Jordan."