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Michael Floyd statement says he was unaware Kombucha tea contains alcohol

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Michael Floyd released a statement through his agent, blaming his positive test on Kombucha tea. The statement says the receiver was unaware the drink contains alcohol.

As part of the conditions of his house arrest, Floyd was barred from drinking alcohol. He was arrested for DUI in Arizona in December, when police found him passed out behind the wheel of his car. He was subsequently cut by the Cardinals.

Floyd’s statement reads:

“Michael Floyd started his 96-day home monitoring on March 13, 2017. During this time period, Michael was tested a minimum of six times per day. For the first 90 days, Michael’s blood alcohol content was 0.0 for all of his 500 plus tests.

On June 10, 2017, Michael watched movies at his place of residence until 3:00 a.m. During that time, he drank several bottles of kombucha tea drinks, unaware that the drinks contain alcohol.

On June 11, 2017, at 5:30 a.m., Michael was tested and his blood alcohol content was .055. Michael was tested again at 5:54 a.m. and his blood alcohol content was down to .045. Michael was tested again at 6:23 a.m. and his blood alcohol content was .044. He then went back to sleep and missed a test at 6:33 a.m.

Michael was five days away from the end of his home monitoring. Prior to and after this incident, Michael has not had any alcohol whatsoever since the start of his home monitoring. Unfortunately, the kombucha teas that Michael did drink resulted in a positive blood alcohol content reading. As a result, the Court wishes to hear from Michael on June 26. At that time, Michael will have an opportunity to explain how this unfortunate test result happened.”

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45 Responses to “Michael Floyd statement says he was unaware Kombucha tea contains alcohol”
  1. getout1 says: Jun 16, 2017 6:41 PM


  2. abninf says: Jun 16, 2017 6:41 PM


  3. DinoScapelli says: Jun 16, 2017 6:51 PM

    I didn’t know that stuff had alcohol in it. It’s possible that he is telling the truth. But it may not help him.

  4. dogballssite says: Jun 16, 2017 6:57 PM

    Kombucha contains alcohol – about 0.5% alcohol. If he did indeed have a BAC of 0.05, there is no chance that it came from the Kombucha unless he drank literally a dozen bottles of it in rapid succession then was tested immediately after.

  5. Ferdinand says: Jun 16, 2017 7:01 PM

    Kombucha has the same alcohol content (or less) as non-alcoholic beer.

    He would have had to have drank a completely ridiculous amount in a very short period to be 2/3 of the way to legally drunk. And drinking that much liquid, even water, in such a short time can flat out kill you.

    Dude had a drink or few at some point that night.

  6. redlikethepig says: Jun 16, 2017 7:07 PM

    This may be the funniest excuse yet. It’s an instant classic … like “the dog ate my homework”.

  7. 24hoursinaday24beersinacase says: Jun 16, 2017 7:09 PM

    You think with as much as he has riding on this, how in the world would you consume ANYTHING without checking its contents? SMH

  8. autoriot says: Jun 16, 2017 7:11 PM

    Well, only some Kombucha does. You have to look at the label when you buy it….MICHAEL! GOSH!

  9. eramming says: Jun 16, 2017 7:11 PM

    Sad. The guy is in denial. He has a serious problem with alcohol. Hope he squares it away quickly because he’s a good guy with loads of talent.

  10. backintheday99 says: Jun 16, 2017 7:15 PM

    On the one hand, 90 days and the finish line is a work week away, so it seems plausible.

    On the other hand, a very close friend of mine was 20 hours away from completing his one year probation and got a DUI in his driveway (the bar was in walking distance, maybe 1/3rd of a mile at the most).

    I was so mad and sad and all of that.

    Anything is possible even if it is mind boggling.

  11. wahoo21 says: Jun 16, 2017 7:31 PM

    next will be the nyquil defense

  12. h0metownzero says: Jun 16, 2017 7:33 PM

    Oh, those Vikings.

    At least he didn’t get a DUI in McDonald’s drive thru like Viking Fullback Jerome Felton.

  13. filthymcnasty3 says: Jun 16, 2017 7:38 PM

    Well, there goes the insurance policy for the busted Treadslow pick.

  14. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 16, 2017 7:41 PM

    Not a believable story. I hope the Vikings don’t wait until June 26 to determine if they should make an offer to Eric Decker.

  15. jchemengr says: Jun 16, 2017 7:43 PM

    When the Pats didn’t even think about offering him a contract, I figured something was up.

  16. whatjusthapped says: Jun 16, 2017 8:44 PM

    Usually we hear the excuse making from the Viking fans, not the players.

  17. postintelligence says: Jun 16, 2017 9:31 PM

    As many folks have commented, this explanation doesn’t hold water. Given the very low ABV of Kombucha, he would have had to have consumed gallons of the stuff right before the test to blow a 0.055.

    Guess he’s sticking with it, though.

  18. dhandevidt says: Jun 16, 2017 9:33 PM

    My roommate had a party at our house one time when I was on house arrest. I blew into the machine thinking I was good cause I hadn’t drank a drop in 2 or 3 weeks until the sheriff was knocking on the door saying I blew positive and was under arrest, I blew into the machine outside by his car and it read zeros. I would have tried that excuse if anything lol. I’m betting he won’t make it out of camp. I’m over weight and drink on weekends but I’m pretty sure for a few million dollars my mindset would change.

  19. filthymcnasty3 says: Jun 16, 2017 9:39 PM

    I sure hope this doesn’t in any way diminish the Vikings offseason championship.

  20. nflfan22 says: Jun 16, 2017 9:46 PM

    This man needs serious help

  21. fmc651 says: Jun 16, 2017 9:53 PM

    Under the circumstances Floyd needed to know that. Cut him and sign Decker.

  22. riles3595 says: Jun 16, 2017 9:57 PM

    After about 12, i thought sumpin was different.

  23. motleytrap says: Jun 16, 2017 11:14 PM

    If he isn’t a liar, he can only be a moron. 90 days clean only to accidently consume alcohol with five days left on his sentence.

  24. wademaxwell1990 says: Jun 16, 2017 11:32 PM

    I was excited when they signed Floyd but also nervous. I hope they just cut him and try to bring in Decker. I believe Floyd had a 1.5 million guaranteed contract with up to 6 million in incentives so I am guessing they don’t cut him yet and Decker will end up somewhere else. They wanted Floyd for a deep threat so not sure they have a lot of interest in Decker either. He is pretty similar to Adam Thielen.

  25. brianh992 says: Jun 17, 2017 12:38 AM

    Decker, now.

  26. Hu3m4n says: Jun 17, 2017 1:06 AM

    Do you know how many Kombucha teas would need to be imbibed for a man of his size to reach .045 (half the legal limit)?

    Over 20, at least.

  27. glenne81 says: Jun 17, 2017 1:19 AM

    And the Judge has never heard this one before,,,,,,,

  28. glenne81 says: Jun 17, 2017 1:22 AM

    Oh, and this Cris Carter mentoring isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

  29. bencoates57 says: Jun 17, 2017 1:40 AM

    Clearly alcohol contributes to more deaths than opiates despite the mass hysteria. Maybe we should consider a Federal ban on alcohol.

  30. ayokel21 says: Jun 17, 2017 1:43 AM

    For him to have that BAC he would have to do a shot of tequila or possibly more… he’s a big boy. You would FEEL the alcohol. As others have posted there is no way Kombucha would do it.

  31. granadafan says: Jun 17, 2017 1:57 AM

    Floyd isn’t smart enough to come up with the Kombucha “defense”. Even that letter was clearly written by his lawyer.

    Unfortunately for Floyd and his lawyer, it’s clearly stated on the bottle that it contains only 0.5% alcohol which is extremely low. As others have pointed out, he would have had to have drunk over a dozen full bottles to get that BAC. Only a complete fool would buy this “defense”.

  32. FlashPatterson says: Jun 17, 2017 2:43 AM

    Wow.. the dude really has a problem. A makes room for Eric Decker maybe?

  33. ztigr says: Jun 17, 2017 3:24 AM

    Kombucha done gotcha

  34. lionglass says: Jun 17, 2017 3:48 AM

    Long Island iced tea would make more sense.

  35. panagos91 says: Jun 17, 2017 7:34 AM

    Probably just did some math wrong and thought his 96 days were up and celebrated. Besides who stays up til 3.AM watching movies, don’t he gotta work out or something the next day

  36. NFLexpert says: Jun 17, 2017 7:36 AM

    No, it’s tea we all drink…

  37. steeelfann0155 says: Jun 17, 2017 7:54 AM

    Isn’t this a Notre Dame guy? They are usually smart.
    And ethical (outside of fake girlfriends)

  38. Alf Goodall says: Jun 17, 2017 8:05 AM

    It is one-eighth the alcohol of a light beer. You’d have to chug 8 to 12 of these in a row and you’d still be short of his readings. And chugging this stuff is like chugging vinegar. It ain’t happening.

  39. football2011 says: Jun 17, 2017 8:22 AM

    My beloved Vikings need to cut him and sign Decker

  40. filmex2000 says: Jun 17, 2017 8:51 AM

    I’m just glad he is no longer sleeping it off in the middle of busy Scottsdale intersections.

  41. fmc651 says: Jun 17, 2017 9:57 AM

    Cut Floyd now and pick up Decker.

  42. 250dollarnflowner says: Jun 17, 2017 9:59 AM

    if he didn’t know that the tea contained alcohol, then how would he know to blame the positive test on the tea?

  43. jag1959 says: Jun 17, 2017 11:19 AM

    bencoates57 says:
    Jun 17, 2017 1:40 AM
    Clearly alcohol contributes to more deaths than opiates despite the mass hysteria. Maybe we should consider a Federal ban on alcohol.

    Yeah we should definitely try that again considering how well it worked out the last time.

  44. chris1cat says: Jun 17, 2017 11:58 AM

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Jun 16, 2017 7:38 PM
    Well, there goes the insurance policy for the busted Treadslow pick.


    Do some more research on TreadWELL instead acting like an you’re in the know. Treads is finally healthy from his devastating injury at Ol Miss, he’s ready to have a fine year. The kid is only 22 and hungry.
    He won’t have any problems against your lousy
    GB secondary this year!

  45. donlogansb says: Jun 17, 2017 1:54 PM

    There are brands of Kombucha that have a higher alcohol level than those typically sold in Whole Foods and other health food stores in the probiotic drink section. But, the higher alcohol versions are specifically sold in the alcohol section of places like Whole Foods. They’re right next to the beer and wine. Did someone buy him some of these? Still, the alcohol level is just slightly higher—just enough to put it in the alcoholic beverage category and move these specific brands/types into the wine/beer section of the market.

    But if someone was home brewing the stuff, it’s possible to ratchet up the alcohol level to as high as a bottle of beer or higher.

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