David Diehl was drafted in 2003, and has been a New York Giant his whole career. He is known as being a true leader not only on the field, but off the field as well; however, even the leaders sometimes make mistakes. On Sunday June 10, Diehl took a breathalyzer test showing he was over the legal limit after crashing his BMW into several parked cars in Queens, NY. Diehl was then arrested for DWI. Now, only a month later, newly signed New York Knicks point guard, Jason Kidd, was arrested on the same charge.
Kidd was driving to his Long Island home when his Cadillac Escalade struck a telephone pole. It was first reported that he was driving back from a charity event. However, a second report came out that stated he was seen at a South Hampton Night Club where he was apparently so drunk he had to be helped out by some friends. Following the accident, Kidd was arrested for drunk driving, and has since pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge. During an interview by myfoxny.com, fellow New York athlete David Diehl had several words of advice for Kidd.
"Obviously it's a tough time for him and his family to deal with, but just goes to show you it doesn't matter who you are, you can make a bad mistake and judgment. But the one thing I would tell him is go back to the John Wooden and be more worried about your character than your reputation because your character is really who you are and your reputation is what people think of you," Diehl said. "So handle it like a man, take responsibility, and make sure you help others move forward and make sure they don't make the same mistake."
It appears that Diehl has owned up to his mistake and has moved past it. He hopes Kidd hears his advice and does the same. Diehl and Kidd share similar characteristics. Diehl had previously been awarded the Wellington Mara Man of the Year Award and following his arrest, his agent stated "One of, if not the classiest, most humblest New York Giants ever." Kidd is also a veteran who has a reputation as a great teammate and leader by those who have played with him. These incidents are sure to teach a lesson not only to Kidd and Diehl, but also to their teammates that look to them as examples.
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