Well ... this is probably not the way the New York Knicks wanted their off-season to go. Veteran point guard Jason Kidd, 39, signed on with the Knicks earlier this month from the Dallas Mavericks. I guess he celebrated his $9.5 million contract a little too hard by drinking and then driving his 2010 Cadillac Escalade off the road and 25 feet into a wooded area, snapping a utility pole.
He "smelled heavily of an alcoholic beverage," was "very unsteady on his feet," and "did not know what happened," according to the police report. After being arrested by Southampton Town police, he was charged with the DUI and he refused to take a blood test at the hospital.
Luckily he was alone and no one was hurt. But yeesh, especially in light of the news that star point guard Jeremy Lin may be let go, this means the Knicks have a heck of a lot to figure out! Let's delve into it, shall we?
This whole story is sad news for Kidd, who was arrested and pleaded guilty to a domestic abuse charge for assaulting his wife back in 2001. He had to attend anger management classes for six months. It was reported that he had even given up alcohol. After seeming to reconcile, in 2007, Kidd filed for divorce due to "extreme cruelty." She filed a counterclaim, saying that he "broke her rib and damaged her hearing by smashing her head into the console of a car".
But after remarrying and keeping his focus on his career, he seemed to have been walking on that slow path to redemption. It's sad he's had to make headlines yet again due to his terrible, selfish decision after trying to repair his image. So what do the Knicks do with him now?
And what do they do about Jeremy Lin? They have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to match the offer sheet (which Lin bumped up to $25 million over three years -- a deal considered way too expensive by the Knicks) or lose him to the Houston Rockets. Despite Lin being rocketed (ha) into the spotlight, he has managed to stay out of trouble during his entire tenure in NY ... perhaps he'd be worth the clean name to the Knicks.
Gah. What a mess for the team's mangement. And it gives New York fans even more encouragement to try to keep Lin around. As of now, what happened with Kidd should provide a great reminder for the rest of us, in terms of how one bad decision could lead to such major ramifications on one's job, life, and future -- and that no matter where you are, you can always call a cab.
What do you think the Knicks should do about Jason Kidd? About Jeremy Lin?
Image via Southampton Police