Attorney: NY Knicks' Kidd will fight DWI charge

Associated Press Modified: September 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm •  Published: September 12, 2012

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd intends to fight a charge that he was drunk when he crashed his SUV into a telephone pole in the Hamptons over the summer, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Kidd, wearing a navy pinstriped suit and tie, said "good morning" to reporters outside Southampton Town Court on Long Island. But he didn't speak as he stood, back straight, facing the judge during his brief procedural appearance.

When asked about the allegations, attorney Edward Burke Jr. told reporters, "We are defending that."

"He is taking this very, very seriously," Burke said. "He wants to get this past him as quickly as possible. The legal process takes some time but he is ready for his season."

Kidd was arrested in July, days after signing with the Knicks. He suffered minor injuries when the vehicle hit the pole and veered into the woods in the hamlet of Water Mill.

The misdemeanor charge carries the potential for up to a year in jail.

A few days after his arrest, Kidd said on Twitter that he regretted "any disruption my accident ... may have caused members of the community." He also said he wanted to "thank the local authorities."