This is not a great way to jump-start a coaching career. The Brooklyn Nets new coach Jason Kidd is under hot water as he faced the music today, and he pleaded guilty to DWI charges brought against him in 2012 after a drunken car crash. Joined by his wife and attorney, the future Hall of Fame guard entered his plea in a Southampton town court, where as a part of the deal, Kidd agreed to speak to students at two Long Island schools about his mistake which occurred on July 15, 2012. As a result of the situation, Jason will likely be punished by the NBA, whom may hand down a two game suspension that will kick in immediately at the beginning of next season.
But Kidd mumbled when asked by Town Justice Andrea Schiavoni about his alcohol intake in the hours before the 2 a.m. crash on July 15, 2012.
“Tequila, just a couple of drinks,” said Kidd, his voice trailing off before becoming inaudible. “ … Three or four.”
Kidd was driving along in his white 2010 Cadillac Escalade when the SUV jumped the curb, plowed through an electrical pole and skidded into the nearby woods.Witnesses described Kidd as “completely out of it” after the crash. The Escalade’s front windshield was shattered, its hood was peeled back, one front tire was blown out and a side mirror nearly torn off the vehicle. Under the deal, Kidd entered a guilty plea to driving while intoxicated — but will return to court on Sept. 30 and plead guilty to a lesser charge of driving while impaired. His license will be suspended for 90 days under terms of the agreement.
Kidd, as his part of the deal, will address MADD-sponsored student assemblies about the dangers of drinking and driving. The speeches will be recorded and distributed to other suburban schools for their use.