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Jason Kidd to agree to plea deal for DWI, league suspension likely to follow

Jul 16, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

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Last summer, after he had signed on to play for the Knicks in what turned out to be his final season as a player, Jason Kidd was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) after he crashed his SUV into a tree. Fortunately, nobody was injured.

Now comes time to pay that bill and Kidd is going to own up to what he did — which likely means a suspension by the league will follow.

Kidd will enter his plea to the court Tuesday, reports the New York Daily News after speaking with Kidd’s attorney.

“He will say that the drinks he had that night rendered him intoxicated,” his attorney, Edward Burke Jr., was saying on Monday morning. “What Jason is going to do is stand up and own this.”

About time. Burke, who comes out of Sag Harbor, L.I., and has handled a lot of high-profile cases in his time on the South Fork of eastern Long Island, explained that as part of the plea arrangement with the office of the Suffolk County District Attorney, Kidd has agreed to make school appearances on Long Island in the fall, which will be taped and can be used later as public-service announcements if the DA’s office chooses to use them that way.

Good. Kidd should have a price to pay for getting a DWI.

The league will almost certainly suspend Kidd for the first couple regular season games after the plea is entered. The league has traditionally suspended players a couple of games for DWIs and that is not likely to be different here.

Which means it will probably be the Nets Game 3 when he makes his coaching debut. As Bondy notes, that is a small price to pay

  1. daddyghi - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    19 years in the NBA and millions of dollars earned. i dont understand why he cant afford to have his own driver. especially when drunk.

  2. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    He had to be pretty drunk to crash into a tree..

    That’s very dangerous and a serious offense..

  3. worldbfree4me - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    @daddyghi Of course Kidd can afford to hire a livery, but when you are doing dirt it’s important that there are no witnesses. It’s already been said that the night Josh Brent of the Cowboys crashed his car resulting in a fatality of his friend and fellow Cowboy, that other players were partying with him. But that is is speculation because there were no witnesses or drivers. A chuefer could someday right a book or do interviews on how you and your mistress always partied at this place or that place. Or that you and your boys always went Gangbang. Those of without money simply don’t understand how important aninimity is to the rich and famous. Unfortunately Kidd got caught, but who was with him and where he was coming from is safely guarded in his head.

  4. dezglobal - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    This could have ended a lot worse. He’s lucky

  5. hrozier - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Drinking sometimes mask a bigger problem and the first thing that gets impaired is your judgment. Therefore we all can make bad mistakes while intoxicated.

  6. leeshrink - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    No self control

  7. n3535e - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    maybe he can watch the game from the bar and try to drive home again. once a bum akways a bum

  8. doctordunkenstein - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Laaaaadies and Gentleman, your Brooklyn Nets!

  9. n3535e - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    he beats his wife drives drunk …. what a role model

  10. jpmin - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    On a related note…Kevin Garnet will be wearing Malik Sealy’s number this year. Malik was killed by a drunk driver during his time as a teammate of Garnett’s in Minnesota.

  11. obmig - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    So they bring in a bunch of vets to make a championship run, hire a coach with 0 experience to run the team, and he will be out for the first few games? This looks like a disaster waiting to happen.

  12. seanb20124 - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Celebrity justice? charge gets reduced after a few classes?

  13. sackings916 - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    We all have our own demons. But with him no longer being a player he’s very much expendable, so I would expect his actions to change in life so he can have a successful career after playing.

  14. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    *uck you pbt

  15. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Quit erasing my comments a holes

    • florida727 - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      Maybe if your comments offered some insight or intelligent discussion, they’d be retained. When all you do is use foul language and name-calling, no one cares what you have to say. Two idiotic posts in one thread. Keep it up. I think you’re in the lead.

      • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        No im mad because when i post some insight or something intelligent like you said, it gets deleted if pbt doesn’t agree with it..i would show you but of course they got deleted so I can’t..

      • badintent - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:40 AM

        @elcaptainfiscal
        I have had a few posts dropped. When I direct it at Craig, he takes offense, what do you expect from a lawyer ? So take it with a big grain of salt. IT’S A BIG BOY GAME.use scarcasm , not four letter words. Watch out for grammar police, lots of spelling tickets here.

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