Michael Floyd Suspended 4 Games by National Football League for DUI Arrest in December

Lynette Rowe
July 15, 2017

Floyd will be eligible to return to the Vikings on Monday, October 2 following their game against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 1. He's still eligible to participate in the preseason practices and games, however.

The suspension is two games more than the National Football League minimum for such a violation. Floyd was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round in 2012, but was cut by the team after a DUI arrest in December of past year. Floyd said he was unaware the Kombucha tea he was drinking during the early-morning hours when alcohol was found in his system contained alcohol. His blood-alcohol level was.217 on December 11 when police arrested him after finding Floyd asleep at a traffic light behind the wheel of his running vehicle. Given that he pleaded guilty to extreme DUI, the penalty could be even greater.

After wrapping up the 2016 season with New England and signing with the Vikings in May, the 27-year-old receiver failed an alcohol test during his house arrest in June.

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Floyd claimed drinking kombucha tea, which he didn't know was fermented, was the reason he was flagged for consuming alcohol, which he was not supposed to do under house arrest.

The Vikings signed Floyd in May and his troubles with substance abuse continued. "I said, 'If I find out you're lying to me, I'm going to cut you'".

Floyd will be missed for the first quarter of the season. The Vikings supported Floyd's kombucha defense.

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