NEW YORK – NBA veteran point guard Jason Kidd, recently acquired by the New York Knicks, was arrested for suspicion of drunken driving early Sunday after a one-car crash, New York media outlets reported.
The 39-year-old 10-time NBA All-Star was released on his own recognizance, the New York Post reported.
Police sergeant Michael Burns of suburban Southampton told the New York Daily News that Kidd was arrested after crashing his Cadillac Escalade into a telephone pole.
He was the only person in the car and was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital near his summer home in the Hamptons, the Daily News reported.
The Knicks inked Kidd last week to a deal worth about $3 million a year.
Kidd, second on the NBA’s all-time list for steals and assists, opted to leave the Dallas Mavericks. He has also played in New Jersey, leading the Nets to two NBA Finals appearances before he was traded to Dallas.
It was thought that the Knicks might want Kidd to mentor young point guard Jeremy Lin, if New York opt to keep him.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson had indicated last week that the Knicks would match any offer the Asian-American star received as a restricted free agent, but on Saturday Newsday reported that the three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet Lin signed with Houston on Saturday had the Knicks re-thinking that plan.