A judge placed Kidd on interim probation after his plea to a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge. In an effort to turn the negative incident into a positive, the judge also ordered the coach to speak to Long Island, New York, high school students about the dangers of drunken driving.
Kidd was arrested on July 15, 2012, by Southampton Town police. They say he smashed his Cadillac SUV into a telephone pole in the hamlet of Water Mill. Police reports stated he smelled of alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy.
Kidd retired as an NBA player after last season and was hired to coach the Nets. He took the team to two NBA Finals as a player when the franchise played in New Jersey.