Kidd Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

P A R A D I S E  V A L L E Y, Ariz., Jan. 19, 2001 -- Police arrested Phoenix Suns point guard Jason Kidd after his wife was injured in the climax of a daylong quarrel.

Lt. Ron Warner of the Paradise Valley Police Department said Kidd and his wife, Joumana, had been arguing over the feeding of their 2-year-old son, Trey.

Warner said Kidd, 27, acknowledged that he struck his wife about 5:30 p.m., resulting in a cut on the inside of her mouth and slight swelling to her lip.

She called the 911 emergency dispatcher, and officers took her husband into custody, holding him on suspicion of domestic violence assault, a misdemeanor, until about 9 p.m. when he was released to his attorney's custody, Warner said.

Court Date Not Yet Set

A Paradise Valley magistrate required that Kidd be in the custody of a third party until he appears in court again. That date had yet to be determined late Thursday night.

Kidd, who competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney on the gold-medal winning men's basketball team, also was barred from having contact with his wife, Warner said.

Joumana Kidd remained at the couple's Paradise Valley home Thursday evening after refusing medical treatment, Warner said.

Suns spokeswoman Julie Fie said late Thursday night she had no direct information and that comment would be premature.

Police Recently Called to Hardaway’s Home

Last week, the Paradise Valley Police Department dropped domestic abuse charges against Suns guard Penny Hardaway after his girlfriend refused to cooperate in prosecution.

Hardaway, a two time all-NBA recipient, and Kidd, who won the honor last season, were part of the highly anticipated "Backcourt 2000" tandem that was expected to lead the Suns to a championship. Hardaway has been sidelined with persistent knee problems.

Acquired from Dallas in a December 1996 trade, Kidd has 36 career triple-doubles, tying with Michael Jordan for sixth in the all-time records. He scored 15 points and provided seven assists as the Suns (23-13) defeated the SuperSonics (21-20) 89-80 Wednesday night in Seattle.

Kidd shared Rookie of the Year honors with Grant Hill, then of the Detroit Pistons, following the 1994-95 season. Known for his pinpoint passing and tough defense, Kidd was selected second overall in the NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks.