The media scrutiny in New York City can be brutal. There is no reason to go and douse fuel onto a media frenzy fire. The New York Knicks NBA franchise has been in turmoil for a number of years. This summer has been no different.
Jason Kidd was arrested July 15th and charged with a misdemeanor of driving while intoxicated. After being involved in a single-car accident in which his 2010 Cadillac Escalade struck a telephone pole and went into the woods in the hamlet of Water Mill at around 2 a.m. This according to EPSN.
The 39-year-old Kidd suffered minor injuries and was treated at Southampton Hospital. He pleaded not guilty.
Kidd is a certain Hall-of-Famer who has spent the better part of 20 years in the NBA. He won an NBA Championship in 2011 as the starting point guard for Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks.
If convicted, Kidd could spend up to a year in jail.
The Knicks signed Kidd away from the Mavericks in a deal that will pay him about $3 million a year. Kidd had played in New Jersey, leading the Nets to two NBA Finals appearances, before being traded to Dallas and remains fond of the New York City area, where his children continued to live.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist has been in trouble with the law before. While playing with Phoenix in 2001, he was arrested on a domestic violence charge, acknowledging that he struck his former wife.
Kidd is second on the NBA's career list in assists and steals. Kidd will replace Jeremy Lin who signed a 3-year contract with the Houston Rockets.
I hope this I the only hitch on the tail-end of what has been a terrific NBA career. Perhaps a DWI class will help Kidd stay on the right side of the law with only positive media attention.