Hamptons resident and Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DWI in Southampton Town court on Tuesday.
The recently retired NY Knicks star received interim probation and ordered to speak to Long Island high school students, hopefully in the Hamptons, about the dangers of drinking and driving. He was arrested in summer 2012 after crashing his Cadillac SUV into a telephone pole in Water Mill. Kidd had been out partying in the Hamptons club scene before the accident, but he was alone when he crashed.
The basketball coach’s plea will be dropped down to a violation after he completes his community service.
Kidd was hired as head coach of the Nets in June, shortly after concluding his 19-year basketball career, which was highlighted by 10 All-Star appointments, two Olympic gold medals and the second most steals and assists of any player in the history of the game.
If Kidd slips up and violates his probation, his “interim” status would allow a judge to put him in jail.