Southampton, NY (Sports Network) - Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd pleaded
guilty Tuesday to a misdemanor charge of driving while intoxicated following
an arrest in Long Island last July.
According to Newsday, Kidd received interim probation from judge Andrea
Schiavoni at Southampton Criminal Justice Court. The recently retired guard
will also have to perform a pair of speaking engagements to local high school
students on the dangers of driving drunk as part of the agreement.
The Suffolk County district attorney's office stated that Kidd must complete
his sentence prior to a return date at court scheduled for Sept. 30. As long
his requirements are satisfied, the 40-year-old's DWI conviction will be
reduced to a lesser charge of driving while impaired.
Kidd was arrested in the early morning hours of July 15, 2012 after crashing
his 2010 Cadillac Escalade into a light pole in the Long Island suburb. The
10-time All-Star, who had just signed with the New York Knicks, was
transported to Southampton Hospital to treat minor injuries.
Several reports verified that Kidd had been partying heavily at an area club
on the night of the crash and had to be helped out of the establishment prior
to him getting into his vechicle.
Kidd announced his retirement after a decorated 19-year NBA playing career in
June and was named the Nets' new head coach later that month, replacing the
fired P.J. Carlesimo.
The Sports Network