One year after Jason Kidd ran his Cadillac Escalade into a tree at the intersection of Cobb Road and Little Cobb Road in Water Mill, L.I., behind the wheel of a car when somebody should have been driving him home from a club they had to carry him out of, he is back in the Hamptons at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning.
This time Kidd is not leaving a fancy charity event at a big East Hampton estate, or a club called SL East. He is walking into a courtroom, in the Southampton Town Courthouse in Hampton Bays, to make what is called an interim plea on his DWI arrest last July 16.
The court is maybe 20 minutes from Cobb Road, maybe more with summer traffic, where Kidd ran into that tree at 2 in the morning and told cops, “I had a few drinks.” It was a bit more than that, and that is why one year later it is worth remembering that the new coach of the Nets and one of the great NBA players of all time is lucky he didn’t kill himself that night or kill somebody else.
“He will say that the drinks he had that night rendered him intoxicated,” his attorney, Edward Burke Jr., was saying on Monday morning. “What Jason is going to do is stand up and own this.”
About time. Burke, who comes out of Sag Harbor, L.I., and has handled a lot of high-profile cases in his time on the South Fork of eastern Long Island, explained that as part of the plea arrangement with the office of the Suffolk County District Attorney, Kidd has agreed to make school appearances on Long Island in the fall, which will be taped and can be used later as public-service announcements if the DA’s office chooses to use them that way.