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Jason Kidd to fight DWI charge in New York

File of Mavericks guard Kidd watching from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd (L) watches from the bench during second half of their NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Dallas, Texas in this January 29, 2012 file photo. Kidd, who signed with the New York Knicks July 12, 2012 has been charged with driving under the influence after crashing his vehicle in the Hamptons early July 15, 2012 according news reports. REUTERS/Mike Stone/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL CRIME LAW)


Jason Kidd showed up in a New York courtroom Wednesday to face a DWI charge from just after he signed with the Knicks in July. His SUV crashed into a telephone pole in the Hamptons and that led to his arrest and the charges.

Charges Kidd will fight, his attorney told the court and reporters, according to the Associated Press.

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.’'

There were no actions on this first court appearance. Kidd’s next scheduled court date is Nov. 7, an off day for the Knicks when they should be back in New York.

Kidd left Dallas (and left Mark Cuban frustrated) to sign a one-year deal with the Knicks. He will be a backup point guard to Raymond Felton.