Former Bull Kukoc reports for jury duty in Lake County
By Beth Kramer Sun-Times Media firstname.lastname@example.org
Former Bull Toni Kukoc has been charming fans in the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan after being called for jury duty this week.
Observers said Kukoc, who played 13 seasons in the NBA, seven with the Bulls, has graciously posed for photos and signed autographs as he’s moved through the courthouse wearing a juror’s badge.
But like a good juror, the member of the Bulls’ 1996, 1997 and 1998 championship teams isn’t talking to the media. And county officials won’t say if he’s actually serving on a panel.
Dan Leslie, a Bulls fan and county food services director, said he saw Kukoc eating in the county building cafeteria.
“I recognized him right away. Anyone who’s almost 7 feet walking in the cafeteria you’re going to spot right away,” Leslie said.
He called Kukoc a “very nice guy” who stood for several pictures with fans and signed an autograph for his 13-year-old son, Noah.
“He was such a sweet man,” said Becca Romie, a food service representative for the county who got her picture taken with the native of Croatia and current Highland Park resident. “I can’t wait to call my mom — we used to watch the Bulls games together.”