As expected, Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DWI charge in Southampton on Tuesday. Per published reports, he’s been placed on interim probation and must appear in Long Island high schools to speak with kids about the dangers of drunk driving and as long as he does that he will have the charges dropped after a year.
In the wake of Kidd pleading guilty, Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King released this statement:
Jason has taken responsibility for his actions, and fully realizes that he needs to grow from this experience. We are confident he will make these strides on a personal level and have a positive effect on others as well.
DUI’s are serious business and Kidd is lucky that nobody was hurt during his crash. Still, I’m glad that the team has his back (although they probably wouldn’t have hired him if they didn’t) and perhaps some good can come from this as a lot of kids are going to get to see first hand that you have to own up to your mistakes.
Kidd was initially arrested on July 15, 2012 by Southampton town police after he crashed his Cadillac SUV into a telephone pole in Water Mill. Now that he has pleaded, the NBA is expected to suspend him for two games to start the season. It hasn’t happened yet, but we will update you with that news when it does.