Last summer after leaving the Dallas Mavericks and signing with the New York Knicks, Kidd was arrested for a driving while intoxicated after crashing his SUV into a tree. Jason Kidd is set to enter his plea on Tuesday.
“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.
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.
It’s a small price to pay for an increasingly bigger problem in the sports world.