Knicks point guard Jason Kidd busted for DWI in Southampton after crashing into telephone pole
Kidd, the former Nets star and future Hall of Famer, signed a three-year, $9.5 million deal with the Knicks on Thursday.
Southampton police said Jason Kidd, 39, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after his 2010 Cadillac Escalade hit a utility pole in Water Mill.
He should have stuck to driving to the hoop.
Newly-signed Knick Jason Kidd was busted for drunken driving early Sunday after crashing his luxury SUV into a pole, capping a night of pounding vodka while partying in the Hamptons.
Jason Kidd seen at SL East club before being busted for DWI
Jason Kidd at the Hamptons club.
“I saw him lying down, completely out of it,” said Gautam Ahuja, 34, who watched police shining a flashlight on Kidd. “I think he was just so wasted.”
Jason Kidd (c.) his wife Porschla and filmmaker George Lucas at the Saturday benefit in the Hamptons.
Ahuja’s friend said she saw Kidd leaning against the broken pole.
“He was sprawled out,” the friend said. “He was sitting on the ground with his feet stretched out in front of him.”
Witnesses said the boozed-up baller sat there for about 45 minutes before cops arrived. The crash came just four days after Kidd signed a three-year, $9.5 million deal to bring his veteran leadership and point guard prowess to the Knicks.
Kidd was treated at Southampton Hospital and then hauled off to court where he faces a misdemeanor. He was released on his own recognizance after his Sunday morning arraignment.
“Jason has pleaded not guilty to a DWI charge and awaits further court proceedings,” said Kidd’s lawyer, Ed Burke Jr.
Cops shut down the street as crews work to repair the telephone pole Jason Kidd struck while driving near Water Mill early Sunday morning.
A photograph published by TMZ showed Kidd about an hour before the crash bent over and being held up by another man as he left the East Hampton nightclub SL East. The website reported that Kidd left the club after breaking a light fixture he tried to hang from.
“He was in no condition to drive,” a source connected to the club told the Daily News. “He was not carried out, but he was definitely holding on to some friends.”
The future Hall of Famer’s wild night began Saturday evening at a benefit for R&B singer Ne-Yo’s Compound Foundation, a nonprofit founded to empower and inspire kids in foster care and group homes.
Kidd attended the “Fostering A Legacy” benefit with his wife, former fashion model Porschla Coleman, at the private East Hampton estate of William Nuti, CEO of NCR and Chairman of Sprint.
Kidd and Ne-Yo (r.) at the 2012 Compound Foundation Fostering A Legacy Benefit in East Hampton.
The 10-time NBA All-Star tweeted a picture from the party of him rubbing shoulders with filmmaker George Lucas, who was honored at the charity event. Other attendees included Arsenio Hall, new Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson, Paula Abdul, and Kidd’s wife’s ex-boyfriend, Russell Simmons.
Guests were treated to Malibu Red rum cocktails throughout the evening.
From there, Kidd and Coleman headed to nearby SL East, a spin-off nightclub of the popular SL club in the Meatpacking District.
Coleman left the club — known for pricey bottle service and topless dancing patrons on weekends — without Kidd, who sources said was dancing and downing vodka.
While at the club, Kidd paid several visits to DJ M.O.S in the deejay booth. At one point, DJ M.O.S. gave Kidd a shout-out, telling patrons J-Kidd “was in the house.”
A source insisted that Kidd’s handler was driving the Escalade when they left the club. But cops said Kidd was alone in the SUV when he crashed.
Paula Abdul (l.) and Kidd attend the 2012 Compound Foundation Fostering A Legacy Benefit Saturday in East Hampton.
A man who answered the intercom at Kidd’s home said, “Um, no,” when asked to comment on the arrest.
Lights flickered in nearby homes when Kidd demolished the pole, and neighbors lost cable and Internet service for about 12 hours.
“He did a lot of damage,” said a Cablevision worker dispatched to the neighborhood.
Ricky Soares, 55, who lives nearby said he was throwing a party when the accident happened.
“That’s when the lights went out for a second and then came back on … the TV was out. The Cablevision was out,” Soares said.
“It was a nuisance,” added neighbor Bob Lax, 76. “Cable, telephone and everything else went out. I went to use to the phone; it was dead.”
Donna Engelson, a grandmother, scolded Kidd, a father of six, for being irresponsible.
“Just because he’s Jason Kidd doesn’t mean he can drive drunk and cause a lot of property damage that we may have to pay for,” Engelson said. “He inconvenienced a lot of people.”
It’s not the first time Kidd has been on the wrong side of the law. He pleaded guilty in 2001 to a domestic violence charge stemming from an incident involving his ex-wife, Joumana.
He led the New Jersey Nets to NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003 before winning a title with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.
As a member of the Knicks, Kidd was expected to mentor fellow point guard Jeremy Lin, who now appears to be headed to the Houston Rockets after signing a $25 million offer sheet that the Knicks appear unlikely to match.
Lin burst on the scene last season, captivating Madison Square Garden and sparking a phenomenon coined “Linsanity” as the Knicks enjoyed a long winning streak in the absence of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony. He started 25 games before hurting his knee, which caused him to miss the playoffs.
The Knicks had no immediate comment on Kidd’s arrest.
But Knicks fans said the incident should spur the team’s brass to rethink resigning Lin, a devout Christian, before it’s too late.
“Letting Lin get away is a bad idea,” said Cristy Cobb, 23, of Brooklyn.
Like many Knicks fans, Rashuan Kelly, 25, was prepared to give Kidd a pass for his off-court shenanigans.
“Hopefully he’s not injured or anything,” Kelly said. “As a basketball player, he’s one of the best to play the game.”
Some on Twitter were quick to bash Kidd.
“So Jason Kidd got drunk and hit a telephone pole and now he has a DWI charge?” posted Ms. B to the C. “The ink hasn’t even dried on your contract yet.”
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