Jason Kidd, who for years has blown kisses to his wife before each free throw, filed a domestic-violence complaint Monday accusing her of mistreating their children.
"It has been painful for Jason Kidd to watch the effect of his wife's behavior on their children," said Madeline Marzano-Lesnevich, a Hackensack lawyer representing the New Jersey Nets point guard.
Lesnevich would not comment further or discuss the details of the complaint, filed Monday in the domestic violence division of state Superior Court in Hackensack.
Wow. Remember that Jason Kidd's arrest for hitting Joumana was reportedly
about something to do with the way that she treated a dispute about TJ, who was then their only child. (NOTE ABOUT THAT UPDATE: I have heard several different questionable versions of what happened which tainted my thinking when I phrased this the first time. See below for an account of what was in the police report.)
I once spent a day with the Kidds at their house for a Men's Journal story. The feeling I got, which a lot of people have, is that Joumana is a force of nature. She's no wallflower sports wife. Jason is much quieter than her about almost everything in the house.
And, at least at that time--it was several years ago, when the twins were infants--they had a very capable nanny who seemed to do a lot of the childcare for all three children, as well as opening the door for annoying reporters and photographers. Assuming she's still around, I would imagine her views on this matter would be very interesting to the police.
Also, it would seem to me that this is one complicated situation. Your spouse is abusing your children badly enough that you take it to the police... but you apparently aren't seperating or getting divorced? I can only guess that there must be a lot we don't know.
Wonder if Jason Kidd will blow those pre-free-throw kisses when the Raptors play the Nets tonight.
Hope those kids are OK.
UPDATE: NJNets.com responds to this news by... encouraging you to vote online to send their dancers to the All-Star game. Again, when the source is NBA.com and its sphere of team sites, the credibility gap is at times stark. I wouldn't want to live in a world where they had a monopoly on access to players--which some people fear.
Police said that Joumana Kidd was crying when they arrived following the 5:44 p.m. call to 911. She said she and her husband had been arguing since he got home.
About 5 p.m., Joumana Kidd said, she decided to go to the gym and asked Jason if he would watch and feed their 2-year-old son, T.J. Police said Kidd took a french fry from the boy's plate, and his wife told him not to eat the child's food.
"Jason then turns towards Mrs. Kidd and spits the french fry at Mrs. Kidd, striking her in the face," the police report said. "Mrs. Kidd turns away from Jason. Jason then strikes Mrs. Kidd in the face while holding a container of yogurt in his hand"
Police said Joumana Kidd ran upstairs to her bedroom and locked the door, but her husband kicked the door open. She said she went to the bathroom and locked the door again.
Mrs. Kidd called police, but hung up before authorities could answer. Paradise Valley police called the number, and talked to Jason Kidd first, then his wife.
He offered no resistance when informed of the arrest.