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Michael Floyd heads back to court on Monday

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As soon as today, Vikings receiver Michael Floyd will find out whether he’ll be sent back to jail and/or otherwise punished for testing positive for alcohol while on house arrest due to, Floyd claims, drinking apparently copious amounts of kombucha tea.

The court hearing, scheduled for Monday in Arizona, has been enhanced by the Vikings’ decision to send a letter supporting Floyd’s belief that kombucha tea doesn’t contain alcohol. It’s not all that implausible to think Floyd truly wasn’t aware that the beverage contains a certain amount of booze, given that he was subject to periodic, unannounced dates with an in-home breath-testing machine.

Arizona doesn’t screw around with DUI offenses; Floyd admitted to extreme DUI, which included a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.217 percent, well above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Many jurisdictions view house arrest as a privilege. For Floyd, that privilege was extended to a decision to let him complete the sentence in Minnesota, so that he could attend offseason workouts with the Vikings.

Much of the outcome will depend on the judge’s attitude toward deviations from the terms of house arrest in DUI cases, along with an assessment of whether Floyd is telling the truth. The magnitude of his BAC — 0.055 percent — will make it easier for the judge to conclude that Floyd was simply rolling the dice and hoping he wouldn’t be tested, perhaps with the kombucha tea defense tucked into his back pocket.

Regardless, an answer as to whether Floyd will get a pass or a trip back to prison could come by the time Tuesday arrives.

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26 Responses to “Michael Floyd heads back to court on Monday”
  1. dartmouthstevens says: Jun 26, 2017 9:24 AM

    To jail you go.
    “Ignorance of the law is no excuse” is a well known statement.
    ‘But I didn’t know’ is not valid and the courts have long upheld that. If he gets off, power and money will have won again over the law. What’s next? The rich able to skip out on their ankle bracelets?

  2. eramming says: Jun 26, 2017 9:31 AM

    The judge isn’t stupid. They gave him a chance and he rubbed their nose in it. They let him slide here and every drunk in AZ will say they just had a little to much tea. Like in college at Notre Dame the coach defended him by saying he took to much communion.

  3. lewsblues says: Jun 26, 2017 9:34 AM

    “it is “on tap” at the team’s training facility”

    Strange that this is available at the team’s facility and can be ingested without question …

  4. mannyiac says: Jun 26, 2017 9:38 AM

    Guil-Tea.

  5. GenXJ says: Jun 26, 2017 9:39 AM

    Players use the “I didn’t know” excuse all the time. For instance, PEDs…(looking at you clay “fathead” matthews)

  6. pkrlvr says: Jun 26, 2017 9:45 AM

    Players use the “I didn’t know” excuse all the time. For instance, PEDs…(looking at you clay “fathead” matthews)
    ———
    Even in a story that has nothing to do with the Packers you guys are talking about them. Funny. What’s funnier is the idea that Clay is on PED’s. You must not have looked at his stats from last year.

  7. streetyson says: Jun 26, 2017 9:45 AM

    For someone of Floyd’s size, 0.055 BAC = around 3 or 4 beers (of 4.5%, 12oz) per hour. A kombucha is 0.5% so would require a rate of about 30 kombuchas per hour. Even if he drank the extra-fermented tea (up to 2.5%) we’re talking 7 per hour. Sorry, but I don’t believe the BAC was accidental. You’d need Mr. T as your fall guy, not Mr Tea.

  8. katientony says: Jun 26, 2017 10:19 AM

    Streetyson has it. Dude would have had to drink Kombucha at an inhuman rate. He lied. The court will not (or at least should not) believe him and he should owe the balance of his sentence. We’ll see…

  9. jammer88 says: Jun 26, 2017 10:23 AM

    Just another example of da man trying to keep a brother down.

  10. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 26, 2017 10:36 AM

    “Just another example of da man trying to keep a brother down.”

    Are you serious? Go watch the video of Floyd when the cop found him passed out at the stop sign and say that again.

    This has zero to do with racism and everything to do with Floyd being too damn stupid to get a limo, a town car or event a taxi/uber. He’s very very lucky he didn’t hurt or kill some innocent person and in much worse trouble than he is.

  11. aypeeswhippingstick says: Jun 26, 2017 10:42 AM

    I heard Live PD is adding Eden Prairie to the locations they’re broadcasting from. SKOLOLOLOLOL!

  12. bradygirl12 says: Jun 26, 2017 10:45 AM

    Alcohol is alcohol, no matter what he drank. He violated the terms of his house arrest. Get his cell ready…

  13. Getoffmylawn! says: Jun 26, 2017 11:06 AM

    jammer88 says:
    Jun 26, 2017 10:23 AM

    Just another example of da man trying to keep a brother down.

    —————————————————-
    Not even close. This is self inflicted harm. Stupidity or weakness, probably both.

  14. lewsblues says: Jun 26, 2017 11:10 AM

    why does the team have any liquid “on tap” with alcohol “on tap” for their players?

    is the tap next to the one with the purple drank? that would be fitting for the Vikings ….

  15. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 26, 2017 11:11 AM

    Unless he can produce an expert witness with more credibility than a PFT commenter, I’m sure he’ll get more jail time, followed by more monitoring on house arrest. The more important thing for Floyd, however, is the Vikings seem to really believe him. They seem to have made the decision that they’re keeping him around.

  16. jmc8888 says: Jun 26, 2017 11:19 AM

    After the season was over he came back to Phoenix and was partying it up. So it’s not like he was trying to quit drinking after his DUI.

    No way in hell he got up in the middle of the night and wanted to drink 30 bottles of Kombucha or thereabouts, and have that all be absorbed at it’s peak right when he blows .055.

    Anyone here ever woke up and drank 30 bottles of anything in the middle of the night?

    The Vikings look really stupid backing him. Enabling him now means they should expect him to be partying it up in Minnesota.

  17. whenwilliteverend says: Jun 26, 2017 11:21 AM

    streetyson says:
    Jun 26, 2017 9:45 AM
    For someone of Floyd’s size, 0.055 BAC = around 3 or 4 beers (of 4.5%, 12oz) per hour. A kombucha is 0.5% so would require a rate of about 30 kombuchas per hour. Even if he drank the extra-fermented tea (up to 2.5%) we’re talking 7 per hour. Sorry, but I don’t believe the BAC was accidental. You’d need Mr. T as your fall guy, not Mr Tea.

    Something tells me the judge and the prosecutor are well aware of this. Since he violated the terms of the agreement, they should reset the counter to 90 days and send him to jail. He doesn’t get it. Something tells me the judge isn’t going to be too happy with his lame excuse.

  18. screamingyellowzonkers says: Jun 26, 2017 11:25 AM

    dartmouthstevens says:

    If he gets off, power and money will have won again over the law. What’s next? The rich able to skip out on their ankle bracelets?

    ——————————————————
    A very correct point.

    Just like Hillary and now Comey, the rich and powerful are exempt from the law.

  19. mnrasslinggovjesse says: Jun 26, 2017 11:37 AM

    His full statement is ludicrous. He says he drank 4 or 5 bottles that he had forgotten to refrigerate. Don’t you remember to put some in the fridge while you’re on the first one? Also says he had nothing to eat from noon until the next morning. Well, sure!
    The Vikings staff looks great too. No one in the offices happened to check on the contents before they “encouraged” players to use it?
    What an organization!

  20. screwmemean says: Jun 26, 2017 11:42 AM

    Where can I get this tea?

  21. cakesw says: Jun 26, 2017 12:09 PM

    Tea excuse or not…. He shouldn’t be allowed to just walk away….

    If I were the judge….I’d rule either two ways…

    1) he does the ENTIRE 90 days again…

    2) he gets thrown in Jail

    Judges aren’t stupid. Neither are any of us.

  22. cakesw says: Jun 26, 2017 12:09 PM

    Tea excuse or not…. He shouldn’t be allowed to just walk away….

    If I were the judge….I’d rule either two ways…

    1) he does the ENTIRE 90 days again…

    2) he gets thrown in Jail

    Judges aren’t stupid. Neither are any of us.

  23. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 26, 2017 12:14 PM

    “Just like Hillary and now Comey, the rich and powerful are exempt from the law.”

    And Trump, McConell, Ryan and pretty much every other politician in Washington who are all as corrupt as can be.

  24. 6250claimer says: Jun 26, 2017 12:25 PM

    Much like OJ committing his most recent crime in Nevada, and finding out that Nevada courts & judges are NOT like California, Floyd will find out that he committed his crime in the wrong state. Arizona does NOT screw around with DUI’s, as Florio points out. This isn’t California, where just about anything can be walked away from with a slap on the wrist, or some community service time. Floyd is going back to jail. And rightfully so. And it’s probably the best thing for him – until he decides to face the reality that he has a problem, he’ll never recover. Perhaps some more hard time will help bring him around.

  25. tvguy22 says: Jun 26, 2017 12:46 PM

    His lawyers will have his defense down to a tea…

  26. djvh2 says: Jun 26, 2017 12:49 PM

    I expect he will serve some time, then get a big pay raise from the Vikings.

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