Get out of jail free card: Jason Kidd gets probation for DWI

New York Daily News, via Darren Rovell

New York Daily News, via Darren Rovell

Nearly a year after Jason Kidd smashed his Cadillac SUV into a utility pole in the Hamptons community of Water Mill, the recently hired Brooklyn Nets head coach received his sentence. He could have received as much as three years’ probation but was instead placed on what is called “interim probation.”

According to USA Today, Kidd agreed to speak to Long Island high schoolers about the dangers of drinking and driving. If he completes his community service, his charge will be lowered from a DWI to a violation: driving while ability impaired.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota seems pleased with the ruling.

“He’s a role model to kids and other people. And he’s going to have the opportunity to talk to them about the foolish mistake that he made and the fact he took responsibility for his actions,” Spota said outside court. “That is for me more important than three years’ probation.”

Spota may be happy, but if the New York Daily News cartoon above is any indication, there are more than a few out there who are not exactly impressed with the court system – or the 10-time All-Star.

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