Even the oldest NBA fans could likely never point out John Stockton’s voice if presented with a lineup of recordings, and although he stayed away from the spotlight as much as he could during his playing days, he is squarely in the middle of it years after he hung up his jersey.
In a letter obtained by FOX 13 News, the Utah Jazz legend wrote to a federal judge in support of a woman who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor related to the insurrection at the U.S. capitol. 56-year-old Janet Buhler faces up to six months in prison for her involvement in the Capitol riots. She admitted to one count of parading, demonstrating or picketing at the Capitol building.
That penalty might be too harsh for Stockton, who believes Buhler is of high character.
“Janet Buhler is one of the kindest people I have ever known,” Stockton wrote. “She has spent a lifetime helping her family, including her husband, care for their patients. She goes to church regularly, volunteers at the homeless shelter, and teaches music endlessly, piano and violin, to children in her own home.”
Stockton continued: “I frankly can not imagine that Janet could knowingly break the law, nor be involved in anything destructive, ever, no matter the situation. In my opinion, Janet Buhler is a quality person of high character.”
NBA fans could not believe what they were reading.
John Stockton played 19 seasons for the Jazz. He averaged 13.1 points, 10.5 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 1504 regular-season games.
Buhler is expected to be sentenced on June 1.
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