NBA Star Jason Kidd Popped for DWI - Plus Other Athletes Who've Been Caught Drinking and Driving

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It wasn't all Summer fun for former NBA All-Star Jason Kidd over the weekend. While driving in the Hamptons early Sunday morning, Kidd crashed his car into a telephone pole. When policed arrived at the scene, the basketball star was just in the headlines a few days earlier when he signed a new contract with the New York Knicks. The veteran athlete was arraigned on Sunday on misdemeanor DWI charges. No one was hurt in the crash, and Kidd was the only one in the Escalade when it struck the telephone pole.

Kidd is certainly not the first celebrity athlete to be caught driving under the influence. Over the years many sports stars have been forced to face a judge for drinking and driving. Here are a few of the more notable cases.

Eric Wright - Eric is a cornerback in the NFL, having played for the Detroit Lions. Wright signed a new, lucrative deal to play for the Tampa Bay Bucs this upcoming season. Then earlier this month he was involved in an accident with another driver who was injured. Those injuries, plus Wright's failing sobriety tests led to a felony DUI arrest.

Mike Tyson - Tyson, who's made sort of a late comeback in his career after his cameo appearances in the wildly successful films "The Hangover" and "The Hangover Part 2." He also took his one man show to Las Vegas recently. But the former heavyweight champ is also no stranger to DUI arrests. Tyson has been arrested twice for drunk driving, the most recent time in 2011 when he hit a sheriff's car as he was leaving a club in Arizona.

Tonya Harding - Believe it or not, there was a time when Harding was considered one of America's brightest and most gifted athletes. She was an Olympic-level ice skater, but her reputation was forever marred when she conspired with her lover to injure fellow American ice skater Nancy Kerrigan and knock her out of the Olympics. It made for high drama at the 1994 Winter Olympics, and eight years later, Harding was busted for DUI and a probation violation from another incident.

Charles Barkley - There is perhaps no more boisterous and funny basketball commentator on TV today. The multiple NBA All-Star, since retiring, has gone on to have a career talking about the NBA on cable network TNT, as well as making numerous appearances on TV shows, including hosting spots on "Saturday Night Live." In 2008, Barkley was arrested for DUI in Arizona and had his sentence reduced when he took an alcohol treatment program.

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