The New York Times had an article on the Brooklyn Net’s coach, Jason Kidd, and his situation of pleading guilty to drinking and driving. As a result of his drinking and driving case, the National Basketball League announced that Kidd will be suspended for the first two games of the season. A quote in the article stated, “The decision is consistent with what the league has done in the past,” Nets general manager Billy King said in a statement. I think that this type of punishment on a coach in the NBA is for the league to suggest that they still have to abide by laws implemented by the government. I think it also sends a message to the fans that the league does not support behaviors such as drinking and driving and there must be consequences for it. I think this consequence implemented on Kidd is a message sent from the league that being a well known coach in the NBA holds a type of power status, but the laws of the land still apply to people of power. The NBA has a reputation to uphold and there must be consequences for illegal behavior. Although this incident happened outside of Kidd’s work as a coach, he still represents the NBA and therefore, the NBA must take a public stance of their opinions on behaviors such as this. Ultimately, the NBA did take a stance by saying they do not agree with it and the consequence is a two game suspension. As Billy King’s stated, this suspension is consistent with what they have done in the past. This suggests that the NBA has had situations like this before and they must have policies implemented in order to deal with circumstances like this. Therefore, Kidd’s suspension is a result of the NBA following their policies in order to uphold an image to media and fans that they do not support illegal behaviors and there are consequences in the league to address such behaviors. I think a suspension for this behavior is a good policy that the league has because it portrays the leagues opinion that they are in disagreement with illegal actions and that they want there to be tough consequences for these actions, no matter how much power one holds within the league.
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