Shortly after he signed with the Knicks last year, Jason Kidd drove home drunk from a club and crashed his SUV into a tree and was given a DWI by Long Island police. Kidd is finally going to court on Tuesday to enter an interim plea on his DWI, according to Mike Lupica of the NY Daily News.
“He will say that the drinks he had that night rendered him intoxicated,” Kidd’s attorney, Edward Burke Jr., told Lupica on Monday. “What Jason is going to do is stand up and own this.”
As part of his interim plea agreement, Kidd will likely lose his driver’s license for up to 90 days and will have to go to schools and talk to kids about drunk driving. As long as he does that, it sounds like he’ll avoid jail or a large fine. He’ll then have to go back to court sometime in October for sentencing which will be nothing as long as the DA’s offices is content with his appearances.
Of course, Kidd is likely going to be suspended by the NBA after he enters his plea. Typically DWI suspensions are at least two games in the NBA so his coaching debut isn’t likely going to happen at the start of the season.
This isn’t the only time Kidd has had trouble with the law. He was arrested in 2001 for punching his now-ex wife Joumana Kidd in the mouth.