Jason Kidd, the Brooklyn Nets coach who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DWI in July, a year after he crashed his SUV into a utility pole in Water Mill, has been suspended for the first two games of the NBA season as a result.
His attorney, Edward Burke Jr. of Southampton, on Monday cited the league’s “no-tolerance” policy for drinking and driving as the reason for the suspension.
Mr. Kidd, who recently gave a presentation at Southampton High School as part of his court-mandated community service, refused a breathalyzer test following the July 2012 crash after which he was hospitalized for minor injuries.
He also originally pleaded not guilty to the crime, but entered a guilty plea after working out a deal with prosecutors to have the charge reduced to a violation upon the completion of his community service. With his service now completed, Mr. Kidd has a driving while ability impaired by alcohol violation on his record instead of DWI, according to Mr. Burke.
This is Mr. Kidd’s first year as head coach of the Nets, the team he took to the NBA finals twice as a player when it was in New Jersey. The 40-year-old will miss the team’s first game on Wednesday, October 30, against the Cleveland Cavaliers and its home opener against the Miami Heat on Friday, November 1.
His debut as coach will come on Sunday, November 3, in Orlando against the Magic.