Father of Drunk Driving Victim Pens Open Letter to Knicks’ Jason Kidd

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Kidd's mugshot.Photo: Courtesy of Southampton Police

It comes with the territory. After eighteen years in the league, seven with the New Jersey Nets, veteran point guard Jason Kidd surely knows he will face heightened scrutiny playing in New York. Kidd pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor DWI charges stemming from a solo car crash last week in which he smashed his Cadillac Escalade into a telephone pole in the Hamptons after a night of partying. Kidd has taken a public flogging for it, and now he's the recipient of an open letter in the Daily News, by Lenny Rosado, who wrote, "I am the father of 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, who was killed because of a drunken driver on Oct 11, 2009."

In 2009, the New York State Legislature passed Leandra's Law in his daughter's name, which makes it a first-time felony for driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both while transporting passengers age 15 and under.

After stating that he's a Kidd fan and was pleased that Kidd landed with the orange and blue, Rosado wrote, "That excitement turned into a huge disappointment after seeing your recklessness when you got drunk and got into a vehicle and crashed."

Read the rest of the letter here.