Jason Kidd Gets a Slap on the Wrist After Driving Drunk and Risking Innocent Lives
by Askia Toure
According to Sports Illustrated, coach Jason Kidd was suspended for the first two games after pleading guilty to misdemeanor drunken driving. Friday, the NBA announced Kidd won’t make his regular-season coaching debut with the Brooklyn Nets until November 3rd at Orlando.
“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,” Nets general manager Billy King said in a statement.
In July 2012, Kidd crashed into a telephone pole in Southampton, N.Y. The arrest came just days after the former point guard signed a deal with the Knicks, of which he fulfilled only one season before retiring. He was hired as a head coach this past June, and plead guilty a month later.
An interim coach has yet to be named.
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This is a perfect representation of the climate of professional sports. How many of us working 9-5’s could keep our jobs after a DUI?–especially as the head of an international sports organization. If coaches only get a slap on the wrist for negligence, then what about the players? Jason Kidd’s actions, and the way the management responded imply the culture of the Nets is rotten.
For every future athlete that does some flagrant mess, we can always point to mild repercussions of coaches like Jason Kidd. If the one responsible for setting an ethical culture is playing Faded Bumper Cars,what can we say about the rest of the organization?
No matter how many ‘players reading to kids’ commercials they produce, sports machines, are concerned with performance. For them, performance means profit. They don’t care that a 40-year-old is getting trashed ramming SUVs into trees. They’re unconcerned that he may need treatment to battle a condition. They aren’t worried about the lives [including his own] that could’ve been lost from his accident. They aren’t worried, because they know fans would rather have a wreckless coach than a losing one.
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