September 13th, 2012 by faye
New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd is planning to fight his charges that he was driving drunk when he slammed his SUV into a telephone pole in the Hamptons over the summer, said Kidd’s lawyer on Wednesday.
According to reports, 39-year-old Jason Kidd — who was donning a navy pinstriped suit and tie — said “good morning” to reporters outside the Southampton Town Court on Long Island Wednesday. However, he did not talk as he stood with his back straight, facing the judge during his brief procedural appearance.
When questioned about the accusations on his drunk driving charge, attorney Edward Burke Jr. spoke in behalf of the NBA star and told reporters, “We are defending that.”
“He is taking this very, very seriously,” Burke added. “He wants to get this past him as quickly as possible. The legal process takes some time but he is ready for his season.”
As previous reports have stated, Jason Kidd was arrested back in July, just a few days after he signed with the New York Knicks as point guard. He sustained minor injuries when his 2010 Cadillac Escalade hit a telephone pole around two in the morning, and proceeded veering into the woods in the hamlet of Water Mill.
Kidd’s misdemeanor charge for drunk driving carries the potential for up to one year in jail.
Then, a few days after his drunk driving arrest, the NBA star posted on his Twitter account that he regretted “any disruption my accident … may have caused members of the community.” Kidd also said he wanted to “thank the local authorities.”
In another post, Jason Kidd expressed his gratitude to his family and friends for their support.
The New York Knicks signed Jason Kidd away from the Dallas Mavericks in a $3 million per year deal. Kidd had played in New Jersey before, leading the Nets to two NBA Finals appearances before he was traded to Dallas.
Jason Kidd helped the Dallas Mavericks win the 2011 NBA championship, and he is second on the NBA’s career list in assists and steals.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist has had a run-in with the law before. While playing with Phoenix in 2001, he was arrested by the police due to a domestic violence charge and acknowledged that he struck his former wife.
His next court appearance is set on November 7.
August 23rd, 2012 by faye
NBA star Jason Kidd found an unlikely ally with his former wife — Joumana Kidd — in his feud with Mark Cuban. Joumana claims that the former Dallas Mavericks player deserves to have his jersey retired in Dallas.
According to reports, 39-year-old Jason Kidd and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s fight got more heated this week when Cuban told the media that he would never retire the jersey of Kidd in Dallas because he was so upset at the way Jason left the basketball team back in July.
In light of the events, Joumana Kidd, the ex-wife of Jason who went through a bitter split with Jason back in 2007, expressed her support towards his former spouse. She claims that despite her rugged relationship with the basketball player, she believes that Jason Kidd — who played a big role on the Dallas Mavericks 2011 championship team — must be treated like the hero he is.
“[Jason] is an amazing basketball player I can never take that away from him. He’s one of the best guards to ever play in the league,” Joumana Kidd told media outlet TMZ.
Joumana Kidd added, “Lots of fans would love to see his jersey retired in Dallas … I believe he’s earned it and he deserves that based on what he did for the Mavericks.”
Raised in Oakland, California, Jason Kidd played college basketball at the University of California, Berkeley and was drafted second overall by the basketball team of Dallas Mavericks during the first round of the 1994 NBA Draft. Then, from 1996 to 2001, he played for the Phoenix Suns and later for the New Jersey Nets from 2001 to 2008. In the middle of the 2007–2008 season, Kidd was traded back to Dallas Mavericks. Together with his three NBA Finals appearances, which included a championship win in 2011, Jason Kidd won two Olympic gold medals with the U.S national team in 2000 and 2008. He is known as a ten-time All-Star and a five-time All-NBA First Team member. He has also been selected to nine All-Defensive Teams.
Jason Kidd led his former team, the New Jersey Nets, to two consecutive NBA Finals appearances (2002 and 2003) before winning in 2011 with Dallas Mavericks. Due to his on-court versatility, it made him a regular triple-double threat, and he is in third place all-time for regular season triple-doubles in the NBA with a career total of 107 and second in playoffs triple-doubles with a career total of 11.
July 23rd, 2012 by faye
NBA star Jason Kidd posted an apology on his Twitter account Friday for his recent arrest due to charges of driving while intoxicated in Southampton, New York last week.
According to reports, 39-year-old Jason Kidd posted on Twitter, “I regret any disruption my accident last weekend may have caused members of the community and want to thank the local authorities.”
The New York Knicks point guard added, “I’d also like to thank my family and friends for their support.”
Previous reports have stated that Jason Kidd was charged with a misdemeanor for driving while intoxicated after a single-car accident in the Hamptons. Around two o’clock in the morning of Sunday, his 2010 Cadillac Escalade struck a telephone pole and proceeded to go into the woods in Water Mill, a hamlet of the Town of Southampton, New York. The basketball player was subsequently treated for minor injuries at Southampton Hospital.
The Southampton police told The New York Times that Jason Kidd declined to undergo tests to measure the level of alcohol in his system. The New York Knicks point guard also refused to have a blood alcohol test at the hospital.
The New York Times, citing paperwork filed by police for prosecutors, reported that Kidd told police, “I had a few drinks. I was going home from a club. I don’t know what happened.”
Jason Kidd is scheduled to appear in court on September 12. He has pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated. The NBA star was also charged for failing to stop and refusing to undergo a breathalyzer test at the scene of the car crash. Kidd’s lawyer, Edward D. Burke Jr., told the New York Times that those charges were “traffic violations.”
Just three days before his car accident due to driving while intoxicated, Kidd signed a free-agent contract with the New York Knicks after spending the previous four-and-a-half seasons with the Dallas Mavericks.
Raised in Oakland, California, Jason Kidd played college basketball at the University of California, Berkeley and was drafted second overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 1994 NBA Draft. After that, from 1996 to 2001, he played for the Phoenix Suns and later for the New Jersey Nets from 2001 to 2008. In the middle of the 2007–2008 season, Kidd was traded back to Dallas. Along with his three NBA Finals appearances, including a championship win in 2011, he won two Olympic gold medals with the United States national team in 2000 and 2008. Jason Kidd is known to be a ten-time All-Star and a five-time All-NBA First Team member. He has also been selected to nine All-Defensive Teams.
July 19th, 2012 by faye
New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd appears lucky to be unhurt and alive after a photo of his wrecked Cadillac SUV surfaced in the Internet, revealing the violent aftermath of his alleged driving under the influence crash on Sunday.
According to reports, the newest recruit of the New York Knicks suffered minor injuries only in his collision with the pole of a telephone. Kidd told the police officers at the car crash scene that he felt no pain, although he didn’t remember crash in the Hamptons Long Island, New York.
The whole front end of the NBA star’s 2010 Escalade is mangled, with its hood peeled back into the windshield of the vehicle and the passenger’s side wheel has broken off its axle.
“I can’t believe Jason Kidd actually survived that. When I see an accident that bad, I expect at least serious injury, if not death,” a police officer told the New York Daily News.
It was also reported that Jason Kidd has been served a constant series of Malibu Red cocktails and red wine at a gala party Saturday night, before going to a trendy nightclub and drinking so heavily that he had to be assisted in getting out of his truck early Sunday. The car crash is said to have occurred just a mile and a half from his $6 million summer home in the Hamptons.
According to a criminal complaint, the police said, “Defendant did not know what had happened in accident. Defendant arrested for [driving while intoxicated] transported to hospital for injuries… Defendant refused in hospital to chemical test.”
The complaint also stated that the basketball player was still in his SUV when the police arrived at the scene of the car crash.
A police officer noted that Kidd had watery, bloodshot eyes and was unsteady on his feet. He was also reported to be reeking with the smell of alcohol on his breath, though the NBA star declined to undergo a breathalyzer test.
The authorities allege that Jason Kidd blew through a stop sign in the upscale village of Water Mill on Long Island while he was driving home, then subsequently crashed into a telephone pole, snapping the pole of its base
His car crash arrest came just three days after he signed a contract to become the New York Knick’s newest guard — the biggest star to sign on for the team in the off season.
While Jason Kidd has gotten slammed in the New York press since his car crash arrest, his mother-in-law defended him.
“He was tired. He’s not a drunk!” Denotra Coleman, his wife’s mother, told the New York Daily News.
Coleman said that the NBA star has been a good father and a good husband to her daughter Porschla – Kidd’s second wife.
She also added that Jason Kidd just fathered his fifth child with Porschla and that the basketball player would have never driven home intoxicated with a small child at home.
Prior to signing a three-year, $9.5million deal with the New York Knicks, he had played for the Dallas Mavericks since 2008, and also led the New Jersey Nets to two NBA Finals appearances. Kidd has also won two Olympic gold medals – playing for Team USA in 2000 and 2008 – and won the NBA finals with Dallas in 2011.
This is not the first time Jason Kidd has a run-in with the law. In 2001, he pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge which involved his former wife, Joumana. But now, he is married to former model, Porschla.
On Monday, new photos have been released showing Kidd in his sweat-stained shirt, dancing at a trendy nightclub prior to his car crash arrest.
July 17th, 2012 by faye
Jason Kidd, a newly signed point guard for the New York Knicks, admitted having a few drinks before getting behind the wheel of his car subsequently crashing it.
According to the police arrest records, 39-year-old Jason Kidd “smelled heavily of an alcoholic beverage,” had “bloodshot and watery eyes,” was “very unsteady on his feet,” and had “slurred speech” when he was arrested by the authorities on a drunk driving charge early Sunday morning.
Jason Kidd confessed to the police that he had been “at the club on the South Fork” before driving his vehicle into the shrubs and other overgrowth at the corner of Cobb Road and Little Cobb Road in Water Mill — just about a mile from the Flying Point Road Residence, which was listed as his home in police records. According to Southampton police Chief William Wilson Jr, due to Kidd’s drunk driving, he knocked down a utility pole and halted about 25 feet inside the wooded area from the road,
Chief Wilson said that his department had not yet determined the speed at which Jason Kidd was traveling at the time of his car crash. He also added that the NBA star was alone in his car during the accident.
In the hours leading up to the car crash, Jason Kidd had been to a benefit to honor movie director George Lucas, which was hosted at an East Hampton estate by R&B singer Ne-Yo’s Compound Foundation.
The NBA star, who listed his employer as the New York Knicks and his occupation as “athlete,” was arrested on early Sunday morning and was arraigned at nine in the morning at Southampton Town Justice Court on a charge of driving while intoxicated, failing to take a blood-alcohol test, a misdemeanor, and failing to stop at a stop sign. Jason Kidd was subsequently released on his own recognizance and will return to town court on September 12, all this according to the Suffolk County district attorney’s office.
Before appearing in court, Jason Kidd was brought to the Southampton Hospital to have his minor injuries treated. It was there that he refused to take the blood-alcohol-content test.
Edward Burke Jr., attorney of the Knicks guard, issued a statement early Monday, saying, “Jason was involved in a single-vehicle accident on his way back home from a charity function [Saturday] night. He suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from a hospital. Jason has pleaded not guilty to a DWI charge and awaits further court proceedings.”
The authorities did not impound the vehicle of Jason Kidd, but moved it from a towing company site to the police headquarters in Hampton bays for safekeeping. Due to the car crash, twigs and sticks could be seen under the blue tarp that covered the gray 2010 Cadillac Escalade of Kidd.
Chief Wilson added that the investigation into the car crash is ongoing, including where Jason Kidd was before getting into his vehicle. The NBA star was “cooperative” enough at the scene of the car crash and during the arrest process.
Jason Kidd, a ten-time all-star veteran point guard was signed as a free agent earlier this month after he played for the Dallas Mavericks from 2007-2012. Kidd is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist who has averaged 13 points, 9 assists, and 6.4 rebounds over 18 seasons with Nets, Phoenix and Dallas.
The New York Knicks have not yet released a statement regarding the car crash of Kidd. The NBA said on Monday that the league would “monitor the situation.”
This is not the first time that Jason Kidd had a run-in with the law. In January of 2001, he was arrested and subsequently pleaded guilty to a domestic abuse charge for assaulting his then-wife Joumana.
July 16th, 2012 by faye
New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd has been arrested in New York on Sunday due to suspicion of drunk driving.
According to the Southampton Police, 39-year-old Kidd allegedly crashed his vehicle into a telephone pole and went into the woods in the Hamptons area of New York’s Long Island. “Police responded to the scene and found the driver of the vehicle, Jason Kidd of Dallas, Texas, to be intoxicated,” the authorities said in a statement. “It was a single car accident in which Mr. Kidd was the single occupant of the 2010 Cadillac Escalade.” The drunk driving incident reportedly happened around 1:56 in the morning.
Jason Kidd, a ten-time all-star who recently signed a three-year, $9.5 million deal with the New York Knicks on July 5, was subsequently taken to a local hospital to have his minor injuries treated. After he was released from the hospital, the NBA star was transported to the local police station for processing.
Eddie Burke Jr., a lawyer representing Jason Kidd, said that his client has pleaded not guilty at an arraignment on Sunday. Burke declined to comment on about the injuries of the NBA star and said he was awaiting further evidence from the investigation of his alleged drunk driving ahead of a September court date.
“(Kidd) is doing OK,” Burke said. “He was released on his own recognizance and has to come back to court in September.”
The 39-year-old point guard has played 18 years in the National Basketball Association and won an NBA championship during his time with the 2010-2011 Dallas Mavericks.