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“Huge win” for Michael Floyd

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Yes, Vikings receiver Michael Floyd is going back to jail. No, he’d prefer not to. Yes, the fact that his sentence has been limited to only one day is being viewed by him and his representatives as a major victory.

One source with knowledge of the situation called it a “huge win,” pointing out that the presiding judge had broad discretion. The judge could have, for example, forced Floyd to spend in jail the 96 days he was given the opportunity to serve on house arrest. Likewise, the judge could have imposed a fresh sentence of house arrest, with an order requiring Floyd to serve the term in Arizona.

As it stands, one day in jail and five days of house arrest represent a “can I start serving it right now?”-type of an outcome, allowing Floyd to quickly pay his debt to Arizona and then to focus on his efforts to make the team in Minnesota, and to have a major impact on the field in 2017. This outcome allows him to miss not a single day of training camp and the preseason.

Also, the decision possibly will have no impact on his looming suspension from the league for the extreme DUI guilty plea. He faces a baseline suspension of two games, and it can be increased based on aggravating factors. The positive alcohol test becomes less of a problem if, from the judge’s perspective, the glitch necessitated only one day in jail.

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  1. artic19 says: Jun 26, 2017 5:34 PM

    He must have been wearing green and yellow in court.

  2. dartmouthstevens says: Jun 26, 2017 5:38 PM

    I wish that they would give him mandatory AA meetings twice a week for those 96 days. He is catching a break. He needs help. Judge is giving him a break (too much of one IMHO).

  3. mannyiac says: Jun 26, 2017 5:41 PM

    The more money you have,the less personal responsibility you have to take.

  4. wordsmith513 says: Jun 26, 2017 5:42 PM

    Translation: The judge thinks the Vikings need all the help they can get. On second thought, if that were the case the judge should have sentenced him for a year – just to give the Vikings a chance.

  5. sportoficionado says: Jun 26, 2017 5:42 PM

    This man should not be involved with football right now. He needs help and should step away to get himself right, rather than stepping into a dysfunctional locker room and not getting the necessary support and structure of a reputable substance abuse program. He shouldn’t lose his job but if he doesn’t step away now and get help, this will not end well for either party.

  6. eramming says: Jun 26, 2017 5:43 PM

    Just a matter of time. A drunk without help always goes back to the booze. He’s proven it. The court system is corrupt when you can essentially buy your way out of trouble especially being black!!

  7. fakebookfreddy says: Jun 26, 2017 5:44 PM

    Knock it off. He is a professional athlete for the great NFL. Rules and laws dont apply to him like they do to us!

  8. Waffle 2.0 says: Jun 26, 2017 5:54 PM

    “I didn’t know there was alcohol in that alcoholic fermented tea that is known as being a homebrewed form of alcohol.”
    – Michael Floyd

  9. aypeeswhippingstick says: Jun 26, 2017 5:58 PM

    Another in a long line of reprobate Viking wide receivers. He’ll fit in just fine, SKOAL!

  10. mackcarrington says: Jun 26, 2017 5:59 PM

    This sentence allows him an opportunity to pursue gainful employment and start his life with a clean slate. This goes against the beliefs and wishes of football fans everywhere. Most of the people on here would like him banned from any type of employment and incarcerated for life.

  11. chaseutley says: Jun 26, 2017 6:00 PM

    Strike two, derp-derp.

  12. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 26, 2017 6:00 PM

    After first hearing the story of the failed alcohol test, I said, “cut him immediately.” After hearing the tea defense, I said, “that does not sound plausible.”

    Now I see Kyle Rudolph, who lives with Floyd, stand behind him. I see the Vikings vouch for him. I see the judge believes him.

    Is it even remotely possible that his story is true and he didn’t bribe the judge? Or that the judge isn’t just starstruck by a mediocre NFL player?

    The ruling has been made. I’m moving on. If Floyd gets in trouble again, I’ll know I’ve been had. If Floyd is a solid citizen, I’m going to believe the right judgment was made.

  13. whatjusthapped says: Jun 26, 2017 6:09 PM

    This is not the first time (even in the last 5 years) that a Viking went to jail and I suspect it wouldn’t be the last.

    The Vikings fans are just happy that the stay in jail isn’t over a weekend of a home game where the player misses the game due to the judge not coming in till Monday morning for the bail hearing.

    The Vikings on the Love Boat should have went to jail for the felony of flying hookers over state lines but the local DA decided play soft, sort of like Fred Smoot’s pass coverage that year.

  14. nonoose says: Jun 26, 2017 6:12 PM

    A Kombucha is .05% alcohol by volume, whereas a can of beer is 4.5% on average.

    Floyd weighs 225lbs. According to BAC charts available online, in order for a man of that weight to achieve .055% BAC, he would need to have had 4 beers no more than 30 minutes prior to the breathalyzer.

    In order to do that with Kombucha, it would need to be 9 times the liquid volume. A can of beer is 12 ounces. That’s a gallon of Kombucha, and he would have had to put it down right before the breathalyzer because you lose .01% per every 30-40 minutes.

    The test said it was .055 at 5:30 AM and then .045 at 5:54 AM. There’s no way this guy is being even close to honest here, and its a real shame that anybody believes it.

  15. johny248 says: Jun 26, 2017 6:17 PM

    Everyone acts as if someone has an alcohol problem because they got a DUI. There are many DUIs where someone just had too much to drink. It could be the one time they went out and drank. It could be a wedding, bday party, etc. You don’t have to be an alcoholic​ just because you had a DUI. Not everyone needs help. People are so quick to judge.

  16. donttrollonme says: Jun 26, 2017 6:27 PM

    The sooner we can get him out of Arizona the better, and the safer the roads will be.

    You are welcome to go drop balls in Minnesota Michael, hope you can stop drinking. See Ya!

  17. upnorthvikesfan says: Jun 26, 2017 6:29 PM

    The court system is filled with to many current & former Packers to deal with to be bothered with a Viking who drank some laced tea…..

  18. macneil4025 says: Jun 26, 2017 6:36 PM

    Consider this MF’s final wakeup call!!

  19. aypeeswhippingstick says: Jun 26, 2017 6:40 PM

    Savor it Floyd, where you’re playing now won’t provide you with any “big” wins.

  20. nonoose says: Jun 26, 2017 6:41 PM

    What is the more likely scenario?

    1. He chugs a gallon or more of kombucha at 5 AM

    2. He was drinking til late in the night/morning, reaching a BAC above .1, which then settled down to .055 by 5:30 AM

  21. macneil4025 says: Jun 26, 2017 6:44 PM

    If the system wasn’t so corrupt and bias against people of color maybe this would shock me. My advice as an attorney is to get as far away from the system as possible. Follow the rules of home arrest and move on. No matter what people say on here, the system itself does not care how much money you have or what your last name is. The system just wants the beast fed!

  22. abninf says: Jun 26, 2017 6:46 PM

    Must be a liberal judge. Liberals represent weakness.

  23. milkcan44 says: Jun 26, 2017 6:48 PM

    If he’s serving the jail time in Arizona, he’ll miss crossing paths with Ariani.

  24. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 26, 2017 7:08 PM

    macneil4025 says:
    Jun 26, 2017 6:44 PM

    If the system wasn’t so corrupt and bias against people of color maybe this would shock me. My advice as an attorney is to get as far away from the system as possible. Follow the rules of home arrest and move on. No matter what people say on here, the system itself does not care how much money you have or what your last name is. The system just wants the beast fed!
    _______

    So this ruling doesn’t shock you because the system is biased against people of color. Michael Floyd is a person of color, so shouldn’t he have gotten a harsh sentence because of that bias?

  25. streetyson says: Jun 26, 2017 7:20 PM

    The original DUI was treated too softly and now this too. The judge has clearly never had a dear young (teenaged) family member killed on the sidewalk by a drunken motorist, or seen the subsequent 3 decades of damage such loss does to rip a family apart and send the mother to an early grave etc. I have seen it in my uncle’s family. If Floyd carries on like this, contemptous of soft-touch courts, another family will likely be destroyed in some future DUI – his own even if no one else’s family too.

  26. tylawspick6 says: Jun 26, 2017 7:21 PM

    unreal that this guy is not taking his second
    chance seriously

    if he was still on the pats, they’d have a draft pick
    stolen again where goodell would retroactively
    change the wording of a rule or just completely
    make one up

  27. beedubyatoo says: Jun 26, 2017 7:36 PM

    If this is a win for Floyd it will be one of the few he’ll have as a Viking.

  28. papathorson says: Jun 26, 2017 7:42 PM

    I have to admit, I thought the tea story was nonsense when I heard it and I was pleasantly surprised when a Viking spokesman said they had been the ones encouraging him to drink it. Hopefully, he’ll be a Cris Carter type of story.

  29. dwoofer says: Jun 26, 2017 8:05 PM

    How very nice that his attorneys are claiming a “huge win” for him. What a joke this judge is. On the other hand, Arizona is now on a tear to release all prisoners before their cases are heard, regardless of the consequences.
    This judge should retire and go live on a desert island.

  30. originate421 says: Jun 26, 2017 8:40 PM

    Let me tell you whatjusthappened… multiple Packers have gone to jail in the past 5 years like Quarless or Guion. Lacy should have been prosecuted for stealing a game check for the past couple of seasons. I knew Guion would go back to jail too and the Packers are standing by him while he serving the suspension he earned on their team.

    All time NFL serial killer was also drafted by the Packers… Randall Woodfield killed over 40 people.

  31. bradygirl12 says: Jun 26, 2017 8:42 PM

    I guess the fact that Floyd is an alcoholic makes no difference. I hope it doesn’t come down to him one day or night getting so drunk that he hurts or kills an innocent person. Will they take it seriously then? Is football more important than getting clean and sober?

  32. dickensbslim says: Jun 26, 2017 8:45 PM

    The “huge win” would be the dude kicking the alcohol abuse he’s had since he was in South Bend.

    This is nothing more than enabling someone with a real problem. I hope he fixes it before someone gets hurt, or worse.

  33. teardroppingblog says: Jun 26, 2017 9:05 PM

    He had three alcohol-related offenses in college (i.e., got CAUGHT three times), blew a .217 in December and now, when he KNOWS he’s being tested, he just can’t help himself.

    It’s just a matter of time before he injures himself or someone else. Doing society no favors by constantly letting him skate.

    Besides, this dude is closer to 30 than 20 years old. Time to treat him like an adult.

  34. campcouch says: Jun 26, 2017 9:57 PM

    No different than the thousands of others with DUIs who get sent on their merry ways. Some municipalities choose not to waste resources on misdemeanors. He broke a law, got arrested, paid a fine, spends a night in jail and loses his driving privileges. Not sure why he needs to be locked for years if you punish according to circumstance. Yes, he could’ve injured or killed but the police did their job and stopped him. Fortunately we can’t execute people for what might’ve happened. Unfortunately we can’t like up lock up for the same reason. The judge did what he saw best. Now the man can either fix himself or suffer the penalty for the judge’s good grace if he strays.

  35. frank booth says: Jun 26, 2017 10:41 PM

    johny248 says:
    Jun 26, 2017 6:17 PM
    Everyone acts as if someone has an alcohol problem because they got a DUI. There are many DUIs where someone just had too much to drink. It could be the one time they went out and drank. It could be a wedding, bday party, etc. You don’t have to be an alcoholic​ just because you had a DUI. Not everyone needs help. People are so quick to judge.
    ==================================
    I have a friend who’s is not an alcoholic who had a few too many at a restaurant in 2014 and killed someone on a bicycle later that evening. I suppose he shouldn’t have been held accountable since he was out drinking at a Christmas party.

  36. nyneal says: Jun 26, 2017 11:55 PM

    originate421 says:
    Jun 26, 2017 8:40 PM
    Let me tell you whatjusthappened… multiple Packers have gone to jail in the past 5 years like Quarless or Guion. Lacy should have been prosecuted for stealing a game check for the past couple of seasons. I knew Guion would go back to jail too and the Packers are standing by him while he serving the suspension he earned on their team.

    All time NFL serial killer was also drafted by the Packers… Randall Woodfield killed over 40 people.

    ________________________________________

    And he played college football for the Portland State VIKINGS ……. so what’s your point?

    Every team in the NFL has criminals on it — every team. There’s not one team which doesn’t have guys who were arrested for drugs, spousal abuse, or even beating a 4 year old with a tree branch.
    The Packers should have cut Guion and Quarless as soon as they got in trouble, but unfortunately, they are like every other team in that they give guys more chances than they deserve because they are trying to win.
    I get a kick out of those who rip the Packers for this but go out and get stoned on weed or soused on booze themselves. You know who you are.
    If I had my way, the NFL would get rid of all the guys on every team who get arrested, and they’d then focus their attention on all the jerks who go to the games to get drunk and act like a******s. But that won’t happen, either. Because the NFL has made millions off the beer companies forever.
    There is a website which lists all the players who’ve been arrested for every team over the last 10 years or so. Check it out and you’ll see the Packers are way down on the list, unlike the Vikings, for instance.

  37. DugoutDirtbag says: Jun 27, 2017 5:36 AM

    Let a guy catch a break. He’s no Gronk but I think he deserves a bit of credit.

    I mean if he tried to get drunk 3 days b4 he came of monitoring and only reached a .005 bac content then i’d say being stupid is his biggest problem.

    It shouldn’t always be the pretty people and white boys that get away with it man.

    That said, I sure hope the state of Minnesota doesn’t give him a drivers license any time soon. My sister lives there….

  38. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jun 27, 2017 6:45 AM

    nonoose says:
    Jun 26, 2017 6:12 PM
    A Kombucha is .05% alcohol by volume, whereas a can of beer is 4.5% on average.

    Floyd weighs 225lbs. According to BAC charts available online, in order for a man of that weight to achieve .055% BAC, he would need to have had 4 beers no more than 30 minutes prior to the breathalyzer.

    In order to do that with Kombucha, it would need to be 9 times the liquid volume. A can of beer is 12 ounces. That’s a gallon of Kombucha, and he would have had to put it down right before the breathalyzer because you lose .01% per every 30-40 minutes.

    The test said it was .055 at 5:30 AM and then .045 at 5:54 AM. There’s no way this guy is being even close to honest here, and its a real shame that anybody believes it.

    While your math project is understood and appreciated by many, the Framegaters don’t buy into that fancy schmancy sciency stuff.

  39. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jun 27, 2017 7:05 AM

    I have all the understanding in the world for the challenges of alcoholism, but I’m thinking this sends the wrong message.

  40. citpyrc says: Jun 27, 2017 7:56 AM

    johny248 says:
    Jun 26, 2017 6:17 PM
    Everyone acts as if someone has an alcohol problem because they got a DUI. There are many DUIs where someone just had too much to drink. It could be the one time they went out and drank. It could be a wedding, bday party, etc. You don’t have to be an alcoholic​ just because you had a DUI. Not everyone needs help. People are so quick to judge.

    That would be understandable but this was his second DUI. I seriously doubt that he was caught the only 2 times he was drinking and driving. Personally I don’t care if he wants to be a drunk. Drink yourself to death if you like just don’t get behind the wheel and risk everyone else’s life.

  41. jfbowman says: Jun 27, 2017 9:01 AM

    It was a lame excuse for continued boozing…Kombucha is one tenth as strong as a beer, so to blow the equivalent of .055% means drinking a couple gallons of the stuff in an hour…Of course, alcoholics are more susceptible to elevated blood alcohol levels, so maybe he only drank one gallon of kombucha…Go ahead and believe that, but the reasonability test makes this a lie…Get dry buddy, it isn’t that hard to do.

  42. jfbowman says: Jun 27, 2017 9:09 AM

    Wikipedia: Three arrests in the early 1970s for petty crimes such as vandalism and public indecency did not prevent Woodfield from being selected in the 1974 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers as a wide receiver, in the 17th round (428th pick). Woodfield tried to establish himself with the Packers during Coach and General Manager Dan Devine’s last season but he could not shake his problems with a trip across the country. He signed a contract in February 1974 but was cut during training camp, failing to make the team’s final roster.

  43. RegisHawk says: Jun 27, 2017 9:13 AM

    The lame punishment handed down by Minnesota has little to do with what the NFL will consider when protecting its reputation. He’s a repeat offender, despite the lip-service jail sentence. The likely scenario is a couple more games added on and a requirement for either rehab/counseling or an alcohol ban.

  44. 81TinaKane says: Jun 27, 2017 9:20 AM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Jun 26, 2017 6:09 PM

    This is not the first time (even in the last 5 years) that a Viking went to jail and I suspect it wouldn’t be the last.

    The Vikings fans are just happy that the stay in jail isn’t over a weekend of a home game where the player misses the game due to the judge not coming in till Monday morning for the bail hearing.

    The Vikings on the Love Boat should have went to jail for the felony of flying hookers over state lines but the local DA decided play soft, sort of like Fred Smoot’s pass coverage that year.
    ———————————————————–
    Weird, Whatjusthappened nothing to say about packer great Ahman Green?

  45. northwoodsv2 says: Jun 27, 2017 9:25 AM

    SOME Kombucha is 1/10th as strong as beer. Some Kombucha has quite a bit more alcohol in it. All depends on how much sugar was in it to start with, and if it was sitting at room temp or refrigerated.

    My question: He arrived in MN the week of May 19th………was being tested 6x/day…….if it was truly from the tea why didn’t he blow positive prior to that morning? Surely he drank some before that night.

    Perhaps he took a case or 2 back to Rudolph’s home, left it sitting out, and over time fermentation continued to increase the alcohol content?

    He blew 0% for 91 straight days. Had 5 days left of house arrest. I’m inclined to believe his story.

  46. ragnarthegreat says: Jun 27, 2017 9:25 AM

    the blood alcohol content is based on the amount of blood in his system, not strictly his weight. So since none of us knows how much blood is in his circulatory system, and none of us even knows if the calculation is by weight or volume, how on earth can people on their couches do meaningful math about this? Come on folks, you can’t be that simple minded. The defense presented the calculations and the prosecution tried to refute them. But in the end, the judge ruled in a fair manner. Yes he broke the rule and must be punished. But in the judges eyes there is enough evidence to suggest that he did not do so with intent. Hence the ruling. How about we leave the science to the experts.

    Noble gas law anyone? or did we forget that one already?

  47. qbarrel says: Jun 27, 2017 10:00 AM

    He needs help, not another break or “huge win”. If the NFL and the legal system keep enabling him, the outcome could be tragic.

  48. electricboogalo says: Jun 27, 2017 10:26 AM

    It’s the last “huge win” he or any other Viking will have for a while.

  49. lambeaudungbarn says: Jun 27, 2017 4:58 PM

    nonoose says:
    Jun 26, 2017 6:12 PM
    A Kombucha is .05% alcohol by volume, whereas a can of beer is 4.5% on average.

    Floyd weighs 225lbs. According to BAC charts available online, in order for a man of that weight to achieve .055% BAC, he would need to have had 4 beers no more than 30 minutes prior to the breathalyzer.

    In order to do that with Kombucha, it would need to be 9 times the liquid volume. A can of beer is 12 ounces. That’s a gallon of Kombucha, and he would have had to put it down right before the breathalyzer because you lose .01% per every 30-40 minutes.

    The test said it was .055 at 5:30 AM and then .045 at 5:54 AM. There’s no way this guy is being even close to honest here, and its a real shame that anybody believes it.

    Your figures are off, four cans would put him at .07-.09 and the Human Body will metabolize one ounce of alcohol in 60-90 minutes.

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