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Heat’s LeBron James on another court: for jury duty in Ohio

 

cnightingale@MiamiHerald.com

LeBron James plays the part of superhero on a basketball court, seemingly from October through June.

But he is a regular human being in the offseason, as those in an Akron, Ohio, courthouse were reminded Thursday morning when the Heat star forward reported for jury duty — just like everybody else has to.

“Jury duty time. Time to serve my civic duty,” James tweeted.

James posted three photos of himself on Instagram as he prepared to head to Summit County Courthouse, wearing a Cleveland Indians hat in all three pictures.

Phil Trexler of the Akron Beacon Journal tweeted Thursday morning that James was not needed on a jury but will report again Friday. James was reportedly dismissed along with 49 other potential jurors when one defendant pleaded guilty while another did not show up for his court date.

James sat in the jury foreman’s office so he wouldn’t attract undo attention, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

He brought a book and sat “quietly and appreciatively,” Sheriff Lt. Kandy Fatheree told The Beacon Journal. “Everyone knew immediately who he was. It was kind of funny to see the movements of everyone whispering to each other.”

After promotional tours to the Philippines and China, James has been spending time in his hometown of Akron and will host charity events this weekend.

James maintains a residence in Bath Township, west of Akron. According to Fox Sports Ohio, James applied in May to combine the two adjoining properties he owns there and is building a car barn.

Herald sportswriter Barry Jackson contributed to this report.

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