Gary Lafayette is quoted in The New York Times in an article regarding his client, a player for the Boston Celtics:

Robert Parish, starting center for the Boston Celtics, has been fined $5,000 for missing court appearances in a child-support case in Oakland, Calif. …  Parish’s attorney, Gary Lafayette, said the player missed the court hearings because “he thought it wasn’t necessary for him to appear and he had a contractual obligation to Boston to play basketball during the season.”

Excerpted from “Sports People; Parish Fined $5,000.”  The New York Times. 8 July 1987. n. pag. Web. 19 February 2008.