Basketball Hall of Famer Ray Allen appeared in a Miami courtroom Wednesday, the place he was reprimanded by a decide after he failed to point out as much as jury duty final week.
According to the Miami Herald, U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke referred to as out the two-time NBA champion for disrespecting the court docket and his fellow jurors in a lethal carjacking trial.
Cooke additionally ordered Allen — who attended the listening to together with his spouse and youngsters — to donate $1,000 to a charity of his selection, saying, that “no man or woman is above performing that civic duty.”
Allen, who at the moment coaches the boys’ basketball staff at Miami’s Gulliver Prep, stated he plans make his court-ordered donation to diabetes analysis.
The decide disciplined Allen after initially transferring the trial date to accommodate Allen’s schedule, in order that he may attend Kevin Garnett’s jersey retirement ceremony in Boston. Allen, in keeping with the Miami Herald, had requested the decide to maneuver the date to honor his former Celtics teammate at TD Garden on March 13.
At the ceremony, Allen and Garnett met on the court docket and hugged, signaling an finish to their 10-year feud, which stemmed from Allen’s exit in Boston to affix LeBron James and the Heat in 2012.
Allen was later a no-show on the rescheduled trial on March 15, and reportedly didn’t reply to messages courtroom deputy, Ivan Marchena.
After the trial started with out the 19-year NBA veteran, Judge Cooke issued an order to “show cause” to elucidate why Allen didn’t fulfill his juror duties.
“Mr. Allen’s actions in failing to appear for jury duty are both baffling and disconcerting,” Cooke wrote in her show-cause order, per the Miami Herald.
“Through his actions in failing to appear for jury duty, Mr. Allen appears to not appreciate or understand the importance of jury service. The right to a trial by jury is sacrosanct,” Cooke wrote. “However, the right to trial by jury can only be preserved if those who are chosen to serve on a jury actually fulfill their obligation to serve.”
Allen’s lawyer, William McCue, issued an apology on behalf of the 10-time NBA All-Star, saying his absence on the trial “was a complete misunderstanding.”