Jason Kidd Arrested for Alleged DWI After Crashing Into Telephone Pole
Jason Kidd is one of the elder statesmen of the NBA. He is 39 years old, a ten-time NBA all-star, and just agreed to a new contract with what will be his fifth NBA team, the New York Knicks. He has been around long enough, and is certainly old enough, to understand how to handle one's self as a professional athlete and role model; to both the general public and the younger members of his team. Basically, what I'm getting at, is that Jason Kidd is too old to be making the kind of mistake he made on Saturday evening when he was charged for a DWI after he crashed his car into a telephone pole.
According to reports via USA Today, Kidd was partying at a benefit in Easthampton, New York before getting into the accident on his way back to his nearby home. His Escalade crashed into a telephone pole and veered off into the nearby woods. There was a significant amount of damage to the pole and some nearby residents lost power and cable access for about 12 hours. Kidd's attorney released a statement shortly thereafter saying that his client had pleaded not guilty to a DWI charge, and police reports state that Kidd refused a Breathalyzer at the scene.
Because Jason Kidd is a celebrity, there is more damning evidence surrounding the case than most normal people will have in a similar situation. TMZ has a set of pictures that show Kidd partying at the club before getting in his car to go home. Perhaps most disturbingly is a picture that shows other patrons carrying Kidd out of the club before getting into his car, presumably because he was too intoxicated to walk out of the club under his own power. Someone at that level of intoxication can't be trusted to make good decisions about driving or not, but how nobody stepped up and prevented Kidd from getting behind the wheel of a car that night is deplorable. While it remains unclear just how intoxicated Mr. Kidd was while operating his vehicle, the truth is he never should have gotten into that position to begin with.
This is not the first time that Jason Kidd has been involved with law enforcement during his NBA career. In 2001 Kidd pled guilty to domestic violence charges involving his now ex-wife. Kidd has since remarried, but his reputation is still scarred from that event. Now, just a few days after signing a contract to become a member of the Knicks, Kidd has gotten himself in trouble again.
The Knicks have a number of young players on the team, and when Kidd agreed to join them a few weeks ago, there was talk that he was being brought on as much for his leadership and guidance as his on the court contributions. He probably has a lot to teach these young players about playing in the NBA, but let's hope they don't follow his example from this past weekend.