NBA Star Jason Kidd Pleads Not Guilty to DWI

By McCarton Ackerman 07/16/12

A weekend arrest forces Jason Kidd to come down from the high of being signed to the Knicks.

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Jason Kidd has probably seen better weekends. The NBA star was arrested for DWI yesterday morning after crashing his car into a telephone pole in Southampton, NY. No one else was in the car at the time. Kidd was reported as being visibly intoxicated when he was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. After being released, he was transported to the local police station for processing and later released on his recognizance after being arranged for his misdemeanor charge. His attorney, Ed Burke Jr., said that Kidd was returning from a charity function and pleaded not guilty to the charges. Although DWI charges carry a potential one-year jail sentence, it's highly unlikely he will serve any jail time. However, this isn't the first time Kidd has been in trouble with the lawin 2001, he was arrested on a domestic violence charge after admitting that he hit his former wife. There's no word as to how the recent arrest will affect his three-year, $9.5 million contract with the New York Knicks, signed just two weeks ago. Just before his arrest Kidd publicly spoke about how he looks forward to mentoring the Knicks' star point guard, Jeremy Lin. "My job is to make Jeremy better," he said. Whether Lin stays with the Knicks is open to doubt, however—as is Kidd's suitability for the mentor role.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.