When the Minnesota Vikings decided to take a gamble on wide receiver Michael Floyd, the thought was that he had a support system in place that would allow him to turn the proverbial corner after his arrest for “extreme DUI” that triggered his release by the Arizona Cardinals last season.
If a report that surfaced today is accurate, that might not be the case.
According to TMZ. . .yes, I know it’s TMZ. . .Floyd has violated the terms of his house arrest by testing positive for “high amounts” of alcohol. As a condition of his house arrest, Floyd is to remain alcohol-free until the end of his sentence.
Per the report, Floyd’s alcohol monitoring system flagged five events on 11 and 12 June, with three of those tests being labelled as “high alcohol tests.” A representative for Floyd says that the positive results were caused by consumption of Kombucha, which is a fermented tea that contains small amounts of alcohol. However, with tests showing a BAC anywhere from .044 and .055, that would apparently take a whole lot of Kombucha.
The report also says that Floyd skipped one of his tests entirely, which is a big no-no not only as a part of his house arrest, but in the context of the NFL’s drug and alcohol program as well.
Obviously, we haven’t seen anything firm on this yet, and you can take this with as many grains of salt as you deem necessary. However, if this ends up being true, it’s likely going to end up landing Floyd in some pretty hot water. He hasn’t received his discipline from the league for his previous incident, and something like this would likely only make things worse from that standpoint.
This is something we will be monitoring as more information comes out about it.
TMZ has added a couple of updates to their story, which are shown below:
10:33 AM PT -- Floyd denies any wrongdoing saying, "Totally false. The whole thing is false."
Despite his claims, the Scottsdale City Court records show he's due in court on June 26th for an "Order to Show Cause" hearing.
And furthermore, Floyd's house arrest was scheduled to end today -- but in light of the flagged tests, he will remain on house arrest at least until the June 26th hearing, so says a rep for Scottsdale City Court.
9:44 AM PT -- The Minnesota Vikings released a statement, saying "We are aware of the situation involving Michael Floyd and are looking into the matter. We are still gathering facts and will withhold any further comment at this time."