Jazz Guard Donovan Mitchell Gets Called For Jury Duty During Season
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Donovan Mitchell received a juror qualification form in the mail from the Utah State Courts saying that he could potentially be called in for Jury Duty from January 7 to February 1.
If Mitchell was selected for Jury Duty, he could have potentially missed 13 games of the regular season.
Mitchell wasn’t sure what to do when he received the letter in the mail.
“When I got it, I was a little nervous,” Mitchell said. “What did I do to get a court letter? Then I opened it. My mom was my first call. What do I do? I’ve never had one of these before.”
The Jazz star filled out the form and returned it to the state but was later excused from the service after an attorney for Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment sent an email to the Utah State Courts.
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Mitchell did mention that he wanted to do it but knew he couldn’t commit until July.
In August of 2013, LeBron James was called in for Jury Duty but did not get selected for the case in Akron, Ohio. Other athletes who have done their civic duty include Michael Phelps, who was called in after the 2012 Olympics to the Baltimore Circuit Court.
He reportedly caused such a commotion that officers had to make an announcement about courthouse conduct. Later Phelps was moved to his own “quiet room” for privacy.
Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant sat through a lengthy selection process in 2009 before being dismissed.
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