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In Britain, a Stunner of a Summer, Quite

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England’s Charley Hull is among British athletes who have been enjoying success this summer.

British sports are in the midst of a glorious Indian summer, the tennis player Andy Murray’s victory in theUnited States Open final taking place on the same day Britain’s 65 Olympic medalists and 120 Paralympic medalists were honored in a London parade. Then the best golfers in the world descended on Royal Liverpool Golf Club for the Women’s British Open, the year’s final major.

Holding the tournament on the course where Tiger Woods was crowned the 2006 British Open champion is seen as a significant sign of progress, a symbol of the rising stature of the women’s game.

“For people watching overseas, when they see us playing the courses the men played, it definitely adds to the prestige of the event,” said Catriona Matthew, a Scotswoman who won the 2009 Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes, the site of Ernie Els’s victory in this year’s men’s event.

Playing the best courses may raise the profile of the women’s game’s among golf enthusiasts, but a vaster world remains for them to wake up, if not win over. The Olympics in London gave the golfers, especially the Britons, a glimpse of the exciting possibilities for their sport’s future when it rejoins the Olympic program in 2016.

“It’s obviously not going to be our main event like it is for athletics,” said Melissa Reid, a 24-year-old Briton, “but I think the showcase of an Olympic Games is going to help women’s golf. I think so many people who aren’t sports fans tune into the Olympic Games that I really do feel that it’s going to do British golf, European golf, a lot, a lot of good.”

The men need less help; led by No. 1 Rory McIlroy, British players occupy four of the top nine spots in the world rankings. Reid, who won a Ladies European Tour event this year in Prague, is the second-highest-ranked British golfer at No. 54, behind No. 24 Matthew. She pointed to women’s soccer, which commanded front-page headlines in Britain during the Olympics after receiving scant coverage a year earlier during the Women’s World Cup.

In the afterglow of the Olympics, it is easy to forget that women’s soccer was banned in Britain for 50 years, until 1971, because it was deemed an unsuitable outlet for women. Echoing that sentiment is a sign that Reid says still hangs outside the clubhouse at Royal Troon Golf Club: “No Dogs or Women Allowed.”

“I think that the Olympic Games was a great opportunity to show the world how good women’s football is,” Reid said. “It’s come such a long way in five or six years. I feel the same with golf, really, especially in Europe.”

The leading money winner on the Ladies European Tour is Carly Booth, a 20-year-old from Scotland who has two victories in 2012. Booth is the British Isles’ answer to the American Michelle Wie. At 11, Booth became the youngest club champion in Britain while playing at Dunblane, the home of Murray. At 14, she played in her first professional event, the Ladies Scottish Open, and finished 13th.

She will soon be joined in the pro ranks by 16-year-old Charley Hull, who is from the same English club as the European Ryder Cup team member Ian Poulter. In addition to Booth, the Women’s British Open field includes two other precocious pro event winners: Lydia Ko, 15, from New Zealand, and Lexi Thompson, 17, from the United States.

The South Korea-born Ko, who won last month’s United States Women’s Amateur and Canadian Women’s Open, teed off Thursday in the group ahead of Matthew and drew the larger gallery.

Like Matthew, Ko was introduced to golf when she was 5. Matthew played other sports until her midteens, but Ko has pursued golf to the exclusion of all other endeavors. Even her schooling takes a back seat, although Ko, who dreams of attending Stanford, said last week that she hoped to spend the next couple of months reconnecting with school friends and catching up on class work.

The specialization at a young age is one explanation for the teenage power on the leader board that is threatening to turn this event into the Lasses’ British Open. The former touring pro Frank Nobilo, a New Zealander who has followed Ko’s progress, cited technology as another.

“The reason some of these youngsters are playing so well is the use of video,” said Nobilo, an analyst for the Golf Channel. “You try and explain the technical aspects of the swing to an 8- or 9-year-old, and they’re not going to understand it. But you can show them with video or show them other swings, and kids learn so quickly by imitation. I think that’s why we’re seeing a lot of those 13-, 14-, 15-year-olds that aren’t just good but have really good golf swings.”

Long before “American Idol,” the Olympics was creating female stars out of talented teenagers like Donna de Varona and Nadia Comaneci. In contrast to a hidebound sport like golf, gender matters less in the Olympics than geography. The news media cover and the public cheer for the best stories and performers from their countries without discrimination.

“I think every golfer wants to be on their nationality’s team for the Olympics,” the British veteran Laura Davies said. “Why wouldn’t you? It’s the greatest show on earth.”

With greater visibility comes an increase in sponsorships and other financing, an area in which female golfers lag far behind their male counterparts.

“It’s a Catch-22, especially in Europe really,” Reid said, “where we have a fantastic draw, but we need more money to get the facilities, yet we need the facilities to get more money. I think it’s going to get better with the Olympics.”

Davies, 48, says she accepts the status quo even though she does not agree with it. Women’s sports, she said, “will always be sort of the second division because that’s the way television companies and corporations deal with women’s sport.”

“It’s always about the men, and then the women come second. But that’s never going to change, let’s face it.”

Ko, Hull and Thompson are too young to feel that way. They are among the generation of players coming of age at the perfect time for women’s golf to shine.

In Britain, a Stunner of a Summer, Quite 

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‘What Happened to Him?’

Basketball Star Jonathon Hargett’s Promising Career Derailed

Jonathan Hargett is in prison in Virginia serving the final months of a nearly five-year sentence for drug possession with intent to sell.

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. — From the playgrounds of Richmond, Va., to the highest levels of international basketball, the exploits of Jonathan Hargett still resonate.

Amar’e Stoudemire, a high school teammate, has called Hargett the best player he has played with at any level. Carmelo Anthony, a summer league teammate when both were in high school, vividly recalls Hargett, a frenetic 5-foot-11 guard with a 44-inch vertical leap and skills that evoked comparisons to Allen Iverson.

At the London Olympics, Kevin Durant overheard a reporter talking to Anthony about Hargett and asked wide-eyed about his whereabouts. Durant graduated from one of the four high schools Hargett attended, but he knows him only by his reputation.

His signature move was his ability to freeze an opponent with a crossover dribble, then blow past him toward the basket, lobbing the ball off the backboard and catching it and dunking it with one hand. It became known simply as a Hargett.

“Especially when you’re talking about memories and things like that from high school basketball and A.A.U. basketball, he’s definitely one of the names that comes up,” Anthony said. “What happened to him?”

The answer is jarring and sadly predictable. Hargett, who turns 30 this weekend, is an inmate at the medium-security Indian Creek Correctional Center here, serving the final months of a nearly five-year sentence for drug possession with intent to sell.

Tattoos are a tribute to Jonathan Hargett’s wizardry with the basketball.

How he ended up here, a decade removed from his one season of major-college basketball and far short of the N.B.A. career that many thought was his destiny, is a story that Hargett told recently in two jailhouse interviews totaling nearly seven hours. Wearing the standard-issue prison uniform of jeans and a blue button-down shirt that resembled a pajama top, Hargett spoke of dealing with an agent at 15 and of eventually choosing to attend West Virginia because he was offered $20,000. He also recounted his years of abusing marijuana and making nearly $1,000 a day selling cocaine, a way of life that resulted in his being shot with a bullet that remains lodged in his hip.

His family’s story is even darker. When Hargett was 6, his father died while in prison, lacking even a suit to be buried in. Hargett’s sister did not have a dress to wear to the funeral. Of his mother’s four other sons, one is dead and the other three are in jail — two for rape and one for armed robbery.

“It’s an American tragedy, in a lot of ways,” said Ernie Nestor, who coached Hargett’s brother Mike at George Mason. Mike died at 30.

Hargett is scheduled to be released Jan. 11. Highly sought after as a high school player — he was a top-10 recruit in the class of 2001, rated higher than the future N.B.A. guards Ben Gordon and T. J. Ford — he rarely receives visitors now. He spends his days helping make cleaning supplies in the hope of having $500 saved to spend on his two daughters when he leaves prison. With nearly five years to dwell on the mistakes that kept him from the N.B.A., Hargett has ultimately pinpointed one person for his failures.

“I can’t blame nobody,” he said. “I’ve got to blame myself.”

Those Amazing Stories

Around Richmond, the stories about Hargett are told like the basketball version of campfire fables. How, even as he cycled through high schools, his talent was such that many N.B.A. scouts thought he could be the first point guard to jump directly to the N.B.A. How he had tattoos on the back of his hands that read “Gifted Hands,” a tribute to his wizardry with the basketball.

Tyrone Sally, a high school and college teammate of Hargett’s, said he still is asked at least twice a week, “Whatever happened to Jonathan Hargett?”

George Lancaster, 67, has coached high school basketball in the Richmond area for nearly 40 years and has helped more than 120 players get college scholarships, dating from Gerald Henderson, who went on to play for the Boston Celtics. Lancaster said he never coached a more talented player than Hargett. But Lancaster described him as a portrait of contrasts. Hargett was shy but strong-willed, a thrill to coach yet lazy and stubborn, supremely confident on the court with self-esteem issues away from the gym.

Hargett’s mother, Nancy, worked multiple jobs to help support her six children. With his mother often working and no father figure around, Hargett began to form bad habits. Lancaster said that after Hargett’s ninth-grade year, he began showing up late to practice, and Lancaster noticed an entourage beginning to form around him.

“He listened to the streets and the people that took care of his immediate needs,” Lancaster said. “Imagine someone walking down an alley with mirrors everywhere. When you’re looking, you can only see the images and reflection of yourself. You can’t see anything on the horizon.”

Hargett began smoking marijuana in seventh grade and dabbled in selling drugs about then. By high school, he was smoking whenever he could, often when he woke up in the morning.

“I can’t blame nobody,” Jonathan Hargett said. “I’ve got to blame myself.” He added: “I made a lot of bad decisions. I don’t have no ego, pride or none of that no more.”

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Chad Johnson Facing Foreclosure

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When it rains it pours. After getting arrested for domestic violence, losing his job and new wife, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson may lose his Miami condo.

According to Gossip Extra, Chad hasn’t paid the monthly $863-maintenance fees on his $400,000-16th floor crib since June 2009!

And it doesn’t end there: In need of some funds,Chad accepted a $150,000 loan from two private investors in Palm Beach and had to use a $350,000 house he bought one of his baby mamas for collateral!

Johnson has until June 2015 to pay the principal back. Here’s hoping he gets a job within the next three years!

Definitely not a good week to be Chad Johnson!

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Chad Johnson’s new reality show is pulled by VH1

This June 19, 2012 file photo shows Miami Dolphins player Chad Ochocinco, who recently changed his name back to Chad Johnson, talking to the media after NFL practice in Davie, Fla. The Dolphins terminated the six-time Pro Bowl receiver's contract about 24 hours after he was arrested in a domestic battery case involving his wife. Johnson was released from jail on $2,500 bond earlier Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, after his wife accused him of head-butting her during an argument in front of their home.

This June 19, 2012 file photo shows Miami Dolphins player Chad Ochocinco, who recently changed his name back to Chad Johnson, talking to the media after NFL practice in Davie, Fla. The Dolphins terminated the six-time Pro Bowl receiver’s contract about 24 hours after he was arrested in a domestic battery case involving his wife. Johnson was released from jail on $2,500 bond earlier Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, after his wife accused him of head-butting her during an argument in front of their home.

For Chad Johnson, a weekend confrontation with his wife has led to repercussions beyond a misdemeanor charge and NFL unemployment.

VH1 pulled from its schedule the reality series “Ev and Ocho,” starring newlyweds Johnson — formerly known as Chad Ochocinco — and Evelyn Lozada. The network announced the move Monday, citing “the seriousness of the allegations” against Johnson, and said it had no plans to air the show.

 

The Dolphins terminated Johnson’s contract Sunday night, about 24 hours after he was arrested in a domestic battery case involving Lozada, who is on the reality TV show “Basketball Wives.” ”Ev and Ocho” was conceived as a spinoff and had been slated to debut Sept. 3.

 

The Dolphins’ decision to release Johnson left coach Joe Philbin with a dearth of experience at receiver and a potential backlash in the locker room. Philbin decided Johnson’s knack for outlandish antics were a detriment that outweighed potential contributions from the six-time Pro Bowl receiver.

“It wasn’t about one specific thing. It just wasn’t going to work,” Philbin said. “It didn’t feel like to me that this fit was going to be right for us as an organization, or for Chad. It was time to move on. It wasn’t done to send a message. It was done because it just didn’t feel right.”

 

Several players came to Johnson’s defense, saying he was a good teammate and friend during his two months with the Dolphins (No. 27 in the AP Pro32). Linebacker Karlos Dansby said he was upset about the team’s handling of the matter because he felt Johnson deserved another chance.

 

Safety Reshad Jones agreed the decision to let Johnson go seemed hasty.

 

“It was shocking to see he was going to be released a day after the incident,” Jones said. “It is pretty disappointing. But that was up to the coaching staff.”

 

Philbin, a first-year head coach, said he wasn’t worried about losing the locker room. But he did take issue with Dansby sounding off publicly.

 

“I’m of the opinion that you should keep things in house in that regard,” Philbin said.

The 34-year-old Johnson had been trying to revive his career after a disappointing season with the New England Patriots in 2011. He pledged to focus on football, then annoyed Philbin by frequently using profanity during an entertaining but R-rated session with reporters.

 

In the Dolphins’ exhibition opener Friday against Tampa Bay, he dropped the only pass thrown his way.

 

On Monday, the team’s other wideouts had trouble hanging onto the ball. Again and again, an accurate throw wound up on the ground, suggesting the modest reputation of the pass-catching corps is well-deserved.

 

What does Philbin think of the group?

 

“I wish we caught the ball a little better this morning,” he said.

 

The position was considered perhaps the team’s weakest even with Johnson. The remaining wideouts have combined for 490 career catches and 21 touchdowns, compared with Johnson’s 766 and 67.

 

“Some of them aren’t as well known, and maybe don’t have a history of production,” Philbin said. “But at some point you’ve got to have faith in people. I’m confident that we’re going to get good receiving play here.”

 

The situation looks especially grim because Brian Hartline, a starter the past two years, has missed all of training camp with a calf injury. Davone Bess is an experienced possession receiver, but newcomer Legedu Naanee has been plagued in recent years by recurring foot injuries, and the rest of the cast is unproven.

 

Roberto Wallace, who didn’t catch a pass last season, led the Dolphins in receiving yards in their exhibition opener.

 

“The young guys get a little more opportunity,” Bess said. “They’ve got to step up.”

 

Not that the wideouts are Miami’s lone area of concern. The quarterback position remains undecided, with holdover Matt Moore and first-round draft pick Ryan Tannehill battling for the job now that veteran David Garrard is sidelined by a knee injury. And the first-team defense played poorly against Tampa Bay.

 

Given the overall outlook, Johnson might be missed mostly for his comic relief.

 

“The mood of the team? We’ve got to get better regardless,” Dansby said. “If we lose one guy, we’ve just got to keep pressing forward. We’ve got a lot of things to do, a lot of goals and a lot of improving to do. We went out there and laid an egg as a team. We’ve got to get better.”

Chad Johnson’s new reality show is pulled by VH1

Verge Favorites: Laura June

By Laura June

The Verge staffers aren’t just people who love technology. They’re people who love stuff. We spend as much time talking and thinking about our favorite books, music, and movies as we do debating the best smartphone to buy or what point-and-shoot has the tightest macro. We thought it would make sense to share our latest obsessions with Vergereaders, and we hope you’re encouraged to share your favorites with us. Thus a long, healthy debate will ensue where we all end up with new things to read, listen to, or try on.

RICHARD FORD — CANADA

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This book, which was just published in the end of May, highlights all of the reasons I love Ford’s writing: methodical, almost painful tension, but an absolute joy to read. Just beautifully written with a gripping and heartbreaking story to go along with it. If you’ve never read anything by Richard Ford, this would be a fantastic place to start. Every book of his that I’ve read is excellent, but this one, unlike the others, is a lot more fast-paced. I hate book spoilers so I don’t want to say anything else — read it!

CAT SEWING

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Words can’t actually express the depth of my affection for this GIF, which is even more meaningless than most. That only intensifies the joy I take in seeing it. I like to keep it in an open tab most of the time, and just browse on over to it when anything gets me down. A minute or two of watching its hypnotizing motion, and I’m all fixed up. Try it for yourself.

WRITEROOM

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I’m a long-time user of TextEdit, mostly because my writing needs are simple and I don’t like any junk text — I need to be able to copy and paste clean text into the CMS (it’s called Chorus, you can read about it here) when I’m ready to go. I also have used it for years simply because it’s there, on my desktop, and I was too lazy to search around for alternatives. Recently, however, I read this post about text editing apps, and it got me thinking that yes, sometimes when I write, I’m a bit distracted by other things like email and Twitter, and maybe my writing suffers or takes longer because I’m not fully concentrating on the task at hand. So, I shelled out $9.99 in the Mac App Store, and started using WriteRoom. It’s stark and clean, and while I could be somewhat delusional, I feel like my writing time is more focused over the past few weeks. In fact, I’m writing this in WriteRoom right now. Isn’t this writing great?

LAPHAM’S QUARTERLY

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Even if you’re not a reader of the excellent Lapham’s Quarterly(I am), the podcast is a bit of a different beast altogether, and features a wide array of guests which keep me listening every month. The most recent episode features Jon Gertner, the author of The Idea Factory, which is about the birth of Bell Labs and the technological wonders that came out of it.

BARONESS — YELLOW & GREEN

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This album came out just a few days ago, but after two full listens, I can safely say it is exactly what I want to listen to roughly half of each day (the first half). The older I get the less I like describing or justifying my musical habits, but just about every song on this very long, double album is worth the effort of paying attention for 75 whole minutes. “Heavy” rock continues to be one of the few areas of music where extended, epic moods are created and, when successful, there’s nothing more exciting to listen to. Baroness really pulls it off.

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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.

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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. (July 15, 2012)

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.

The 39-year-old hoops star was feeling no pain after crashing into a telephone pole in the Hamptons, police documents say

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Jason Kidd seen at SL East club before being busted for DWI

“Defendant did not know what had happened in accident,” a Southampton cop wrote of the future Hall of Famer in an arrest report on Sunday’s accident.
The front of the SUV was demolished, but Kidd complained of no pain after the crash that snapped the telephone pole off at the base, according to the accident report.
Kidd blew past a stop sign in ritzy Water Mill, L.I., about a mile and a a half from his $6 million summer home at 1:56 a.m. Sunday and skidded 25 feet into the woods, hitting several trees.
When cops showed up, he reeked of alcohol, was unsteady on his feet and had bloodshot and watery eyes, according to his arrest report on a drunk driving charge.
His knucklehead antics knocked out cable service to customers of his new boss — Cablevision and Knicks honcho James Dolan.
Kidd refused a Breathalyzer test, police documents show, and later refused chemical tests at Southampton Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries before being arraigned and released later Sunday.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

Knicks point guard Jason Kidd busted for DWI in Southampton after crashing into telephone pole   

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