Ray Allen got reprimanded by a federal judge for not showing up for jury duty.
According to the Associated Press, U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke ordered the Pro Basketball Hall of Famer to donate $1,000 for missing the trial after getting selected as a juror. She told the 46-year-old that “no man or woman is above performing that civic duty.”
Making matters worse, Cooke had postponed the fatal carjacking trial a day so Allen could attend the jersey retirement ceremony of former Boston Celtics teammate Kevin Garnett.
Garnett called out the former sharpshooter during the March 13 ceremony, telling TD Garden that it's "good to see Ray Allen here." Allen got up and hugged Garnett, with Paul Pierce joining them in an embrace that seemingly squashed years of resentment sparked by Allen leaving Boston to join the Miami Heat in 2012.
The next day, Allen no-showed the trial, which proceeded without him and convicted the defendant. His attorney called Allen's absence "a complete misunderstanding."
Nobody likes jury duty, but everyone has to do it eventually. Then again, per Spotrac, Allen made an estimated $182 million in salary earnings over his decorated NBA career. To him, a $1,000 fine might be pocket change well worth avoiding a minor inconvenience.