NBA suspends Nets coach Jason Kidd for two games after DWI guilty plea
The NBA has suspended Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd for two games, the league announced. Kidd pleaded guilty in July to driving while ability impaired.
He will sit out the Nets' season-opening game in Cleveland on Oct. 30 and the team's Nov. 1 home-opener against the Heat before making his regular-season debut as head coach on Nov. 3 at Orlando.
Kidd crashed his Cadillac SUV into a telephone pole on eastern Long Island on July 15, 2012 and was treated at a hospital for minor injuries.
Defense attorney Ed Burke Jr. said in court in July that Kidd was returning from a charity function before the crash. A Southampton Town Police report stated the 10-time NBA all-star was unsteady on his feet, smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot and glassy eyes.
The judge asked him at the plea hearing how much he'd consumed before his arrest. "A couple of drinks, three or four,'' Kidd replied.
"You could have killed yourself. You could have killed someone else,'' Town Court Judge Andrea Schiavoni told Kidd. "I hope you wake up every day happy to be here.'' Kidd nodded in response. He was placed on interim probation and agreed to speak to high school students about the dangers of drunken driving. His plea will reduce his charge to driving while ability impaired if he completes terms of his plea agreement including community service.