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Jason Kidd pleaded not guilty, reportedly 'cheated death' in DWI wreck

By Royce Young | NBA writer
Jason Kidd's mugshot.

More details are finding their way out about Jason Kidd's Sunday DWI arrest and it's not looking any better for the new Knicks point guard.

The cliff notes are this: Kidd had a single car accident early Sunday morning in the Hamptons and was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Kidd, 39, sustained minor injuries from the accident and was treated at a local hospital. He's facing a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated by alcohol.

However, via the New York Times, Kidd pleaded not guilty, according to a statement from his lawyer.

And then there are the details, which are ugly. According to the New York Post, Kidd was extremely drunk, argued with his wife when a female fan wanted a picture and reportedly was carried out of the club.

A law-enforcement source described the alleged boozed-up baller — who has a history of domestic-abuse and anger-management issues — as having cheated death by “just a few feet” when his 2010 white Cadillac Escalade, racing “at least 60 miles an hour,'' slammed into the pole, bounced off it and landed in shrubbery.
According to the report, Kidd refused a breathalyzer at the scene of the accident. He was evidently so drunk that as he was being processed and fingerprinted, he was singing.
Kidd was then rushed back to the hospital, according to the report, because of a complication with a sleeping aid he took.

After “a pretty traumatic morning, he was having problems sleeping and took a sleeping aid,'' one Kidd source said. “He had a bad reaction, and the family was concerned and called for an EMT to check him out.”

Asked whether it could have been a suicide attempt, the source strongly denied it.

“Why would the guy want to end his life? He just signed a $10 million contract and has a beautiful new baby,” the source said.

The Knicks have declined comment on Kidd's situation.
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