Vikings GM Rick Spielman released a statement Monday saying they stand by Michael Floyd and support him moving forward.
When we signed Michael Floyd, we hoped he would show signs of improvement and we continue to expect that he shows progress and a professional attitude. We believe Michael will be a productive member of the Vikings organization, both on and off the field. Pursuant to the ruling of the Arizona Court earlier today, Michael will serve the remainder of his sentence and we expect him to be with the team at the start of training camp in Mankato when the players report on July 26.
Josh Weinfuss of ESPN is reporting that a Scottsdale judge found Vikings WR Michael Floyd in violation of the terms of his house arrest for by testing positive for alcohol on Monday.
Floyd has been sentenced to one day in jail and will be allowed to finish the last five days of his house arrest.
Weinfuss adds that Floyd can serve the rest of his sentence in Arizona.
Floyd failed three self-administered Breathalyzer tests, which he attributed to drinking several bottles of kombucha tea. The issue is that Floyd is prevented from consuming any alcohol while under house arrest and this product happens to contain tea.
The Vikings defended Floyd and said that encouraged him to drink the tea, which is available at their facility and used as a probiotic.
“I am writing to request Mr. Floyd not have his court mandated requirements negatively impacted since he did not know the kombucha he ingested contained alcohol,” Warren wrote, via Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press.
In a sworn affidavit, Floyd says that the Vikings encourage their players to consume kombucha tea as a health drink and even have it “on tap” at their facility.
In his affidavit, Floyd says he drank four or five bottles of the tea before taking the breathalyzer tests.
“After falling asleep, I awoke to the beeping of the home-monitoring machine, signaling that I must complete a test,” Floyd said in his affidavit. “I had several sips of kombucha right after waking up, just before blowing into the home-monitoring testing machine. I had not eaten anything since noon on June 10.
“I received a call on June 12 from an administrator at Sentinel Advantage, informing me of the results of the three tests from the morning of June 11 and informing me that I missed a fourth test. Until I was contacted by the administrator at Sentinel Advantage about the report related to the morning of June 11, I had no knowledge that kombucha contained alcohol, or that some types of kombucha have a higher alcohol content than others.”
Floyd, 27, is a former first-round pick of the Cardinals back in 2012. He played his four-year, $9.972 million contract before the Cardinals elected to pick up his fifth-year option in 2015.
After he was arrested for DUI last year, Arizona elected to cut him loose and he was later claimed off of waivers by the Patriots. The Vikings signed him to a one-year, $1.41 million contract last month.
In 2016, Floyd has appeared in 15 games and caught 37 passes for 488 yards receiving and five touchdowns for the Patriots. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 94 receiver out of 115 qualifying players.