Less than three days after signing with the New York Knicks last summer, Jason Kidd was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Long Island. Now, almost a year later, there is news that Kidd is due to appear in a Long Island court to address the incident, less than 24 hours after being named the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.
According to a report from the Associated Press on Thursday morning, citing a spokesman for prosecutors in Suffolk County on eastern Long Island, Kidd, 40, is due to appear in Southampton Town Court on June 20 to address his not-guilty plea for misdemeanor DWI and other accusations. The charges stem from an incident last July in which he was driving a vehicle that hit a pole and drove toward the woods in Water Mill, N.Y.
Kidd suffered minor injuries and, despite the non-guilty plea, had tweeted shortly after the crash that he apologizes for "any disruption my accident ... may have caused members of the community." After days of talks with his former Nets team this week, the two sides reached an agreement to bring on the 10-time All-Star as the new head coach for a reported three years, replacing interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo. Kidd's hire comes less than two weeks after the 2011 NBA Champion retired from a 19-year career in the league.