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Jul 16, 2013 12:33 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Jason Kidd Pleads Guilty To DWI In Relation To 2012 Car Crash

Jul 16, 2013 1:32 PM

Former NBA All Star Jason Kidd pleaded guilty to DWI in Southampton Town Justice Court Tuesday morning in relation to an incident that occurred a year ago in Water Mill.

Mr. Kidd, 40, crashed his 2010 Cadillac Escalade into a telephone pole in Water Mill, where he now owns a house, last July. His was the only vehicle involved in the accident and he was the only person in the car.

Mr. Kidd who now coaches the Brooklyn Nets, rescinded his initial plea of not guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence—an interim probation during which he must complete certain court-mandated tasks such as talking to high school students about the dangers of drunken driving.

After the interim period, if Mr. Kidd completes everything to the court's satisfaction, his charge will be reduced to driving while ability impaired, a violation instead of a misdemeanor.

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That's got to be the first time an athlete has ever plead guilty to whatever he was convicted of... I'l give him a little bit of credit for that.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 16, 13 12:41 PM
** whatever he was charged with, not convited of sorry.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 16, 13 2:20 PM
He hit a utility pole caused tens of thousands in damage and will be giving a violation? He is going to speak to local kids on the ills of drunk driving? Come on please spare me he is lucky he didn't kill someone.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jul 16, 13 2:05 PM
Hey Chief - wait 'till High Hat size joins the discussion and he will school you how it's appalling and a waste of tax dollars that Kidd even had to go to court! In fact, pretty sure HHS would suggest we all buy Kidd some booze to apologize for his troubles
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 16, 13 2:20 PM
That's is a common plea. His insurance will skyrocket for the next few years, and he will likely pay for EBD Jr's jr's first year of college. You can assume he paid for any property damaged as well.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jul 16, 13 4:49 PM
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to Nature:

By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jul 16, 13 5:31 PM
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 17, 13 7:56 AM
Another tough sentence handed out to a celebrity
By itsamazing (224), Southampton on Jul 16, 13 9:31 PM
It's more about having the $$$ to hire an attorney like Eddie Eddie than being a celeb
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 17, 13 7:56 AM
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I'm thinking non celebs have gotten the same deal...its just not covered in the press.
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Jul 17, 13 1:03 PM
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