The judge presiding over a paternity suit involving Atlanta Braves outfielder Andruw Jones has withdrawn from the case following criticism of his conduct in an article that appeared in Sports Illustrated.

According to the Sports Illustrated article, Superior Court Judge Joel J. Fryer was highly complimentary of Jones during the trial."He's magnificent," Fryer is quoted as saying.

In a temporary ruling in February, Fryer was openly critical of Jacquelyn Barnett, a Duluth woman seeking child support for her daughter Madison.

"We've got a 23-year-old mother with a wonderful education who wants to stay home until her infant becomes 18 years of age, so long as that fat cow continues to pay," Fryer said, according to a court transcript.