On the court, NBA superstar LeBron James wears No. 6. But in court, the four-time MVP winner and two-time NBA Finals MVP almost wore a different number when he showed up for jury duty at the Summit County Courthouse, near his off-season home in Bath Township, Ohio.
After the two criminal trials for which he was supposed to sit on a jury were dismissed, however, James was sent home, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
James was at the courthouse by about 8:20 a.m., 10 minutes ahead of the scheduled reporting time for potential jurors, she said.
Fatheree, head of courthouse security, said James arrived with a friend and a Bath Township police officer who provides security for the NBA superstar when he is in town. No other special services were provided, except to grant James’ request to sit in the jury foreman’s office so he would not attract undue attention, Fatheree said.
While waiting to be called for service, James read a book in the office, she said.
The jury foreman declined to comment.
James left the courthouse about 9:30 a.m., Fatheree said, after he and the other members of the jury pool, about 50 in all, were sent home.
Before they left, Teodosio thanked James and the others for their service “like I do in all cases,” the judge said. “It’s an important duty they perform for the community and the justice system.”
So James won’t be summoned for jury duty for a while. Even when he’s not trying, he wins.