Jason Kidd's New York Knicks career has not begun well with the news that he was arrested in the Hamptons for a DWI on Saturday night, according to Taylor K. Vecsey of the East Hampton Patch (via Peter Vecsey).
East Hampton Patch (Taylor Vecsey) broke story that Jason Kidd was arrested for DWI this morning in Hamptons. Police to put out release— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) July 15, 2012
Here is some more information on the incident, via 27East.com:
Mr. Kidd, 39, was driving on Cobb Road in sometime during overnight hours when he struck a telephone pole, according to a source. He suffered minor injuries in the crash and was charged a short time later.
He was arraigned at Southampton Town Justice Court this morning and subsequently released.
The Knicks certainly would not have expected someone like Kidd, who has been in the league for many years, to be making these kinds of poor choices—especially after he was rewarded with a three-year deal in free agency this summer.
Drinking and driving is a serious matter, and it's surprising that Kidd didn't just call a friend, a relative or even a cab so he wouldn't have to drive himself after he had been drinking.
Signing Kidd was already a questionable decision in the minds of many Knicks fans since he is not the star player he once was, and with Sunday's news, the fans will likely be even more upset with the addition of the future Hall of Fame point guard.
After the team has spent much of the last week or so working on Jeremy Lin's contract situation, the last thing the Knicks need is a PR issue with Kidd to have to deal with.
Note: Pictures of Kidd's wild night out on the town, courtesy of the New York Post, found here.
Nicholas Goss is an NBA Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report