Friday, October 4, 2013

Jason Kidd suspended 2 games over DWI, will miss home opener

Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd will be suspended for two games for pleading guilty for driving while ability impaired, the NBA announced Friday morning.

The suspension covers the first two games of the season, Oct. 30 in Cleveland and Nov. 1 in Brooklyn against the defending champion Heat.

Kidd’s first game on the bench will come Nov. 3 in Orlando, and his Barclays Center home debut is reset for Nov. 5.

The suspension was expected as was the length, based on past suspensions issued by the NBA for a similar offense. Other players and coaches, including Eric Musselman, Zach Randolph and Carmelo Anthony, have received two-game suspensions for driving while impaired or under the influence.

“The decision is consistent with what the league has done in the past and we look forward to Jason leading our team versus Orlando and the rest of the year,” general manager Billy King said in a statement.

Kidd’s guilty plea stemmed from a July 2012 incident in which he crashed his SUV into a telephone pole in The Hamptons.

“You could have killed yourself that night,” said Judge Andrea Schiavoni said at Kidd’s sentencing this summer at Southampton Town justice court. “You could have killed somebody else.”

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