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Wilt Chamberlain was my father, claims man in Sports Illustrated article

Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain File photo

Wilt Chamberlain was a larger-the-life figure on the basketball court, first at Kansas then in the NBA.

Of the court, he boasted of having sex with nearly 20,000 women. When Chamberlain died in 1999 at age 63, he had never married.

It is believed that Chamberlain never had any children either, but Sports Illustrated talked with 50-year-old Aaron Levi, who believes that he is Chamberlain’s biological son.

“It’s been a burden on me to feel that I am her secret,” Levi told the magazine of his biological mother, “and I am Wilt’s secret, and I am the Chamberlain’s family secret.”

Levi, who was adopted, is 6 feet, 5 inches tall, according to Sports Illustrated, and weighs 250 pounds. He said he doesn’t want money from Chamberlain’s estate.

In the article, Levi said he searched for his biological parents and found that his birth mother had told a social services agency about the father: “a single, 28-year-old black professional basketball player with black hair, brown eyes and bronze complexion, 6’ 10”, 240 pounds, born in Kansas, with a master’s degree.”

Chamberlain was from Philadelphia, but played at KU. However, he left without obtaining a degree.

You can read the whole Sports Illustrated story here.

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