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BROOKLYN, NY - June 13:  The Brooklyn Nets General Manger, Billy King, introduces Jason Kidd as their new Head Coach at a press conference at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York June 13, 2013.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE  (Photo by Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Brooklyn Nets General Manger, Billy King, introduces Jason Kidd as their new Head Coach at a press conference at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York June 13, 2013. (Photo by Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images)

HAMPTON BAYS, N.Y. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Former Dallas Mavericks point guard and current Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge.

The charge stemmed from a 2012 incident in which Kidd smashed his Cadillac SUV into a utility pole on eastern Long Island.

The judge placed Kidd on interim probation. In exchange for the guilty plea, Kidd also agreed to speak to Long Island high school students about the dangers of drunken driving.

Kidd, who retired as an NBA player after last season, was recently hired to coach the Nets — the team he took to two NBA Finals as a player when the franchise played in New Jersey.

“Because of his status as a professional athlete Mr. Kidd is the perfect person to reinforce the important message we’ve been trying to send, which is don’t drink and drive,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said in a statement.

Police said Kidd crashed his SUV into a telephone pole in the Hamptons community of Water Mill on July 15, 2012. He was treated at a hospital for minor injuries

Defense attorney Ed Burke Jr., said Kidd was returning from a charity function before his accident. A Southampton Town Police report noted the 10-time all-star and Olympic gold medalist was unsteady on his feet, smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot and glassy eyes.

While playing with Phoenix in 2001, Kidd was arrested on a domestic violence charge, acknowledging he struck his former wife.

Kidd spent parts of eight seasons with the Mavericks, leading the team on their championship run in 2011.

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