Jason Kidd Suspended 2 Games by NBA for DUI Arrest

Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 4, 2013

Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd has been suspended for two games by the NBA league office for pleading guilty to driving while impaired.

Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck reported the news and noted that the suspension was not surprising. 

Kidd was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after smashing his vehicle into a telephone pole in Water Mill, New York, back in July of 2012.

The former point guard played the entirety of the 2012-13 season with the New York Knicks without incident, but went to trial and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge this past July.

On top of this league-mandated suspension, Kidd was placed on interim probation and had to speak to high school students in Long Island about the perils of drunken driving.

Despite the charges, the Brooklyn Nets brass had no qualms about making the future Hall of Famer their newest head coach immediately after his playing career ended.

In fact, Nets general manager Billy King said in a statement that they were expecting this suspension to come down, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today: "The decision is consistent with what the league has done in the past and we look forward to Jason leading our team versus Orlando and the rest of the year."

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King had also commented after Kidd entered his guilty plea, saying, "Jason has taken responsibility for his actions, and fully realizes that he needs to grow from this experience. We are confident he will make these strides on a personal level and have a positive effect on others as well."

Kidd announced his retirement in June, and became a surprise hire to fill Brooklyn's head coaching vacancy just over a month later.

The Nets are scheduled to open the 2013-14 regular season on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 30. Kidd will miss that game and a Nov. 1 home-court matchup against the defending champion Miami Heat.

If the suspension holds up, the head coach would make his return on Nov. 3 against the Orlando Magic.

After acquiring Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in the offseason, Brooklyn is expected to compete for a top spot in the East this year. If Kidd can get his players to live up to expectations, the Nets could challenge the Heat for the right to represent the conference in the NBA Finals.

He’ll be getting a late start due to the suspension, but it shouldn’t hinder the team too much.

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