Vikings WR Floyd receives four-game suspension
(TSX / STATS) -- Minnesota Vikings receiver Michael Floyd has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, the league announced Friday.
Floyd was arrested for DUI on Dec. 12 in Scottsdale, Ariz., prompting his release two days later from the Arizona Cardinals. He pleaded guilty in February to extreme DUI (blood alcohol content of .150-.199) and served 24 days in Maricopa County (Ariz.) Jail before having to serve 96 days on house arrest.
Last month, Floyd was ordered to spend a day in jail by an Arizona judge after violating terms of his house arrest. Floyd claimed he was drinking kombucha tea as the reason he ingested alcohol when he failed recent drug tests.
Floyd, who joined the Vikings in May, will be eligible to return to the team on Monday, Oct. 2. He is eligible to participate in preseason games and practices.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is watching Floyd closely and didn't buy into the kombucha tea reasoning. He told reporters earlier Friday that he strongly asserted his skepticism to Floyd.
"If I find out you're lying to me, I'm going to cut you," Zimmer said he told Floyd.
Floyd, 27, failed three self-administered Breathalyzer tests June 10-11. He said in a sworn affidavit that the Vikings encourage their players to consume kombucha tea as a health drink and that it is served "on tap" at Winter Park.
The house-arrest sentence was transferred from Arizona to Minnesota in May, allowing Floyd to participate in the Vikings' offseason program. He also was allowed to remove the ankle bracelet monitoring his whereabouts so he could practice with the Vikings.
"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," Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement last month. "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."
In the December incident, a video surfaced of officers trying to awaken Floyd in his Cadillac Escalade while it was running at a traffic light at 2:48 a.m. local time.
After being cut by the Cardinals, the New England Patriots gave Floyd a second chance by claiming him off waivers on Dec. 15. He played sparingly for New England but did catch a touchdown pass in Week 17.
Floyd caught a pass for nine yards in the Patriots' AFC divisional playoff win over the Houston Texans but was inactive for the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl LI.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound former first-round pick (13th overall) had 33 catches for 446 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games for the Cardinals in 2016 before his release.
Floyd's best season came in 2013 when he had 65 catches for 1,041 yards and five touchdowns. For his career, he has 246 receptions for 3,781 yards and 24 touchdowns in 78 games.
Floyd became an unrestricted free agent in March before signing a one-year, $1.4 million non-guaranteed contract with the Vikings in May.
Updated July 14, 2017