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Jason Kidd, newly assigned point guard for the New York Knicks, has been arrested on suspicion of DWI. Now, despite his alleged excitement for mentoring Jeremy Lin, Lin may be the one in the mentor seat.
Kidd, an 18-year veteran NBA player, has made headlines, only a week after singing a three-year deal with the Knicks, for DWI charges. The player was arrested after being involved in a single car accident on Sunday in South Hampton, New York according to Patch.com.
South Hampton police confirmed that Kidd, 39, was arrested and brought to the Judicial Court where he was arraigned and on a misdemeanor charge before being released.
Kidd allegedly drove a 2010 Cadillac Escalade into a telephone poll before rolling down into a forested area nearby the player's home in Water Mill, NY. Kidd, the only person in the vehicle, was taken to South Hampton Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.
"We await further discovery from the district attorney's office," Sag Harbor attorney Eddie Burke Jr. said in a statement to Yahoo Sports News.
In 2001 Kidd was arrested and pleaded guilty to domestic abuse charges after assaulting his then wife, Joumana. Following the incident Kidd reportedly gave up alcohol and it was believed that the couple had reconciled until 2007 when Kidd filed for divorce.
During the same time Kidd had move from the Phoenix Suns to the New Jersey Nets. In 2008, following his divorce, he returned to Dallas where he played into the past season.
Last week it was announced that Kidd would sign a contract with the New York Knicks for the next three years, a move which surprised many. Kidd will now be playing alongside player Jeremy Lin, for who he had much advice.
"To have the chance to mentor a very good player, to be able to share what I've learned the last 18 years, is something I've been looking forward to," Kidd told ESPN last week. Given the recent news however Lin, who has made a name for himself due to his strong faith in God, may have some mentoring of his own to do where the 18-year veteran is concerned.