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If you’ve ever been called for jury duty, you know what a hassle it is, and even more of a hassle to try and get out of it.
Utah’s Donovan Mitchell has a pretty good reason, considering he’s in the middle of a NBA season for the Jazz.
The star got his juror qualification form in the mail recently, and it expected to be in court as part of a jury January 7th of next year till February 1st.
During that time, the Jazz will play 13 games, a pretty significant amount of time to be away from his team.
“When I got it, I was a little nervous,” Mitchell said, via the Jazz’s website.
“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 letter put the Jazz lawyer right to work, who sent a letter to the courts to get the player excused.
“Mr. Mitchell’s juror qualification form was completed online this morning, and we asked that Mr. Mitchell be excused from jury service during this time given his commitments and schedule during the NBA season,” his attorney wrote to the Utah State Courts on Wednesday.
The letter from the Jazz’s lawyer worked, as the courts quickly dismissed Mitchell from serving. .
“I wanted to do it, to be honest with you,” Mitchell said. “But you know … ”
If there was ever a good excuse NOT to serve on a jury, Mitchell most certainly has one.