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Jason Kidd to fight DWI charge in New York

Sep 12, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT

File of Mavericks guard Kidd watching from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas Reuters

Jason Kidd showed up in a New York courtroom Wednesday to face a DWI charge from just after he signed with the Knicks in July. His SUV crashed into a telephone pole in the Hamptons and that led to his arrest and the charges.

Charges Kidd will fight, his attorney told the court and reporters, according to the Associated Press.

When asked about the allegations, attorney Edward Burke Jr. told reporters, “We are defending that.”

“He is taking this very, very seriously,” Burke said. “He wants to get this past him as quickly as possible. The legal process takes some time but he is ready for his season.”

There were no actions on this first court appearance. Kidd’s next scheduled court date is Nov. 7, an off day for the Knicks when they should be back in New York.

Kidd left Dallas (and left Mark Cuban frustrated) to sign a one-year deal with the Knicks. He will be a backup point guard to Raymond Felton.

  1. lakerluver - Sep 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Fighting on what grounds, he was totally wasted!!

  2. jerdogthompson - Sep 12, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    I know times are tough but how’s about hiring a driver meat head?

  3. ncarolinarn7 - Sep 12, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    If you drink DON’T DRIVE! It’s not worth it.

  4. njneere - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    It’s a slam dunk for the prosecution, and if this jerk gets off because he’s rich it only proves how corrupt the system really is. Everyone else who is over the limit goes to jail and this drunken driver better also. There’s no defending an over the limit blood alcohol level. If this judge lets him off – he should be removed from the bench and the bar.

  5. glink123 - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    exactly. you’re either drunk, or you’re not drunk, and your blood-alcohol level will determine the answer. no big mystery here.

  6. rocirius - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    If his blood-alcohol level was determined by a Breathalyzer, those are definitely worth challenging. The same individual can take two tests back to back with wildly varying results. In my opinion, the main cause of driving accidents is lack of focus on driving. Although drinking too much will affect a driver’s ability to focus, a much higher percentage of accidents are caused by drivers trying to multitask while driving, yet heavier penalties are assessed to drivers “over the limit” while that test does not correlate to to one’s ability to drive.

    I haven’t been presented with any particulars, so I don’t know whether he took a blood-alcohol test, what the driving conditions were, whether there was a mechanical failure, whether he swerved and lost control due to a deer in the road, etc. I have to give Kidd the benefit of assuming he’s innocent until he’s been proven guilty by a jury of people who have been presented all of the evidence by both sides. That’s supposed to be a right guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

    That said, if he is found to be guilty, he should pay the same penalties as any other offender.

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