John McEnroe’s eldest son Kevin has been
arrested and charged of criminal possession of a controlled
substance after being caught buying Class A drugs in a bust that took
place in Manhattan’s East Village.
The 28 year-old, whose mother was former actress
Tatum O’Neill, was released without bail. Police maintained he was in
possession of cocaine and prescription medication. According to the New
York Post the actual collection of narcotics was six bags of cocaine, 20
oxy pills, ten morphine pills and one anxiety pill.
New York Police Department officers stopped
McEnroe on the corner of East 4th Street and Avenue A at around 11:30pm
buying drugs from 22-year-old Niro Meneses, who was also charged with
criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.
McEnroe didn't enter a plea at his arraignment
Wednesday and was released without bail on his own recognizance.
“Given the amount of drugs on him... we believe
we have a strong intent to sell,” prosecutor Mary Ostberg said at
McEnroe’s Manhattan Criminal Court arraignment that was attended by his
52 year-old uncle Mark who is general manager of the John McEnroe Tennis
Academy on Randall's Island. John was not present in court.
Kevin is one of three children from McEnroe’s
tempestuous marriage to O’Neal that ended in divorce 20 years ago. Four
years later the former world no.1 won custody of the children when
Tatum, who admitted to battling drug addiction since the age of 14. fell
back into heroin abuse.
According to the New York Daily News, Kevin
lives in Brooklyn and once worked as a bartender at the now-closed bar
Broadway East, According to his Facebook profile, he attended Trinity
School, an expensive New York prep school, before going to Skidmore,
a liberal arts college in Saratoga Springs located in upstate New York
before moving on to Columbia University.
McEnroe's lawyer told the Wall Street Journal
that there was "nothing remarkable" about the amount of drugs found on
her client. She declined to make any further comment.