Donovan Mitchell avoids jury duty after Utah requests he be excused
On Wednesday, Mitchell received his juror qualification form in the mail, a letter stating that he would have to serve in the jury pool from January 7, 2019 through February 1, 2019.
According to NBA.com‘s Aaron Falk, Mitchell — who has shown himself to be cold-blooded on the court — was just as nervous as anyone would have been when he first received the mail. It was once said that man’s greatest fear is the unknown and that holds true even for future superstars called up for jury duty.
“When I got it, I was a little nervous,” he 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.” Mitchell stated.
However, unfortunately for Mitchell — who wanted to perform his civil duties as a jury member — he won’t be available on those dates because it’ll affect his playing time with the Jazz. He’ll miss 13 games if he decides to serve in the jury pool.
An attorney from the Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment sent an email to the Utah State Courts Wednesday, asking for Mitchell to be excused for his upcoming jury duties.
“We asked that Mr. Mitchell be excused from jury service during this time given his commitments and schedule during the NBA season,”
Mitchell’s request was granted by the court shortly afterwards.
Losing Mitchell during the season for any reason would be a big-blow to the Jazz as he’s the team’s current leading scorer with 21.3 points per game. The second-year guard has already missed four games this season and the Jazz went 1-3 in those games, in large part to an anemic offense that was struggling without his offensive production.
Utah is currently 12th in the Western Conference with a 12-13 record. They’ve won three of their last four games since Mitchell returned from a rib injury he suffered two weeks ago.