Los Angeles: John McEnroe says he will stand by his eldest son, Kevin, after the 28-year-old bartender was arrested on a New York street-corner for allegedly buying cocaine and dozens of prescription pills.
The former Wimbledon champion and BBC commentator said that “his entire family will do everything we can to support Kevin as he works through his issues at this very difficult time”.
The statement came after prosecutors suggested that the amount of drugs allegedly bought by Kevin McEnroe was sufficient to raise suspicions that the haul was not solely for personal use.
Officers reportedly found six small bags of cocaine and prescription pills, including 10 morphine pills, 20 other painkillers and an anti-anxiety medication.
A prosecutor told the Manhattan criminal court: “Given the amount, we believe we have a strong possession-with-intent-to-sell case”.
Such a charge could lead to a sentence of between eight and 25 years.
His father and his mother, the Oscar-winning actress Tatum O’Neal, 50, did not attend the court hearing. O’Neal herself has admitted to battling against drug addition since the age of 14.
Kevin, who was wearing a dark coat and jeans, appeared to be on the verge of tears and did not say anything as the prosecutor read out the charges against him, reports said.