Jason Kidd was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with misdemeanor DWI after hitting a telephone pole in Southampton, N.Y., just three days after signing a three-year $9.5 million contract with the New York Knicks, according to Southampton town police.
The New York Knicks point guard sustained minor injuries in the single-car crash, and was taken to Southampton Hospital, where he was treated and released to police headquarters for processing, after which he was arraigned and released on his own recognizance, according to ESPN.
Local news website Southampton Patch had all the details:
Police said that Kidd's 2010 Cadillac Escalade struck a telephone pole and went into the woods near the intersection of Cobb Road and Little Cobb Road in Water Mill, not far from his Hamptons house. Police responded at 1:56 a.m. Kidd, 39, was alone in the car, according to police.
It was not clear if he took a breathalyzer test Sunday, according to ESPNNewYork.com,
Jason Kidd, one of the NBA's best point guards and three-point-shooters of all time, is a 10-time All-Star who won an NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. He surprised league observers Thursday when he officially signed on with the Knicks, who already had Jeremy Lin, one of the NBA's rising stars in the floor general position.
But it appears that Linsanity is over, as a source tells ESPN's Stephen A. Smith that Jeremy Lin's offer sheet will not be matched by the Knicks, meaning he is headed to the Houston Rockets next season. And that puts a lot of pressure on Jason Kidd, and new acquisition Raymond Felton -- who the Knicks picked up Saturday -- to run the point for the Knicks.
Sag Harbor attorney Eddie Burke Jr. told Southampton Patch on Sunday that he is representing Jason Kidd:
We await further discovery from the district attorney's office, Burke said.
Kidd was arrested previously, on a January 2001 domestic violence charge to which he eventually pleaded guilty.