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Mike Zimmer threatened Michael Floyd with release if he lied

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Mike Zimmer wasn’t sure whether to believe Michael Floyd’s Kombucha tea defense, but the Vikings coach made it clear to the receiver the consequences of lying.

“I said, ‘If I find out you’re lying to me, I’m going to cut you,’ ” Zimmer told Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Zimmer talked to Floyd over the phone soon after Floyd violated terms of his house arrest by failing three self-administered Breathalyzer tests June 10-11. Floyd claimed he drank several bottles of Kombucha tea, unaware it contains alcohol.

“Do I believe it? I don’t know how much tea he drank. I have no clue,” Zimmer told the newspaper. “I don’t have any doubt why there’d be skepticism, but he told me that he wasn’t [drinking]. That it was legit.”

The Vikings defended Floyd, whom they signed to a one-year, $1.4 million contract as a free agent, after news broke about Floyd’s positive tests for alcohol. Scottsdale City Judge Statia Hendrix found Floyd in violation and sentenced him to one day in jail.

Floyd had his disciplinary hearing with NFL officials last month. He faces a minimum two-game unpaid suspension under the leagues’s substance abuse policy, but the extreme DUI conviction from December in Arizona could draw greater punishment.

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51 Responses to “Mike Zimmer threatened Michael Floyd with release if he lied”
  1. cakesw says: Jul 13, 2017 5:09 PM

    Over under for how many games he plays for the Vikings is set at 3.

    I firmly take the under.

  2. schmitty2 says: Jul 13, 2017 5:15 PM

    Rest assured Zim is going to keep one “eye” on him at all times.

  3. aypeeswhippingstick says: Jul 13, 2017 5:26 PM

    At the other receiver, #.18 with matching blood alcohol level, your newest Viking reprobate, Michael Floyd!!!

  4. angelogiaquinto18 says: Jul 13, 2017 5:33 PM

    I do like Zim’s no-nonsense approach! How many other coaches would be that honest?

  5. tylawspick6 says: Jul 13, 2017 5:37 PM

    good move

  6. blowfishes says: Jul 13, 2017 5:39 PM

    So it now takes the NFL over a month between having a disciplinary hearing and handing out any punishment…

  7. tjacks7 says: Jul 13, 2017 5:39 PM

    Four game suspension then he’ll be back for the final 15 games as the Vikings #4 or #5 receiver. Yikes, this team is DEEP.

  8. SidFarkus says: Jul 13, 2017 5:50 PM

    It’s not a bad thing to get released by those losers

  9. gotitan says: Jul 13, 2017 5:58 PM

    blowfishes says:
    Jul 13, 2017 5:39 PM

    So it now takes the NFL over a month between having a disciplinary hearing and handing out any punishment…
    __________________________________

    That would be funny to Ezekiel Elliot….

  10. chipper41 says: Jul 13, 2017 6:09 PM

    the “Kambucha defense” would be blown apart if he were a regular joe. Most Kambucha drinks have a max of one half percent of alcohol and anything over requires a label stating its an alcoholic beverage. the average beer has 4.5% or 9 times the alcohol content in 12 ounces of kambucha. a 220 pound man would be legally drunk at .08 blood alcohol level after 4 beers in an hour. and .08 slides down .015 per hour that passes without drinking. So to get to .05 you’d have to drink about 16-18 bottles of this highly concentrated fermented drink in about an hour. Thats like drinking a bottle a vinegar. He’d be puking his guts out and sick as bleep. Even if he was drinking 2% Kambucha and put down 4-5 12 oz drinks in an hour he’d be sick as bleep. good luck Michael Floyd.

  11. llghtn44 says: Jul 13, 2017 6:21 PM

    at this point I say cut your losses sign anquan boldin or dorial green Beckham and move on

  12. nje22 says: Jul 13, 2017 6:30 PM

    Top shelf dammit

  13. patriotway says: Jul 13, 2017 6:38 PM

    angelogiaquinto18 says:
    Jul 13, 2017 5:33 PM
    I do like Zim’s no-nonsense approach! How many other coaches would be that honest?

    —————————-

    You can’t be serious. He is clearly not dumb enough to believe Floyd’s flimsy excuse. He’d have to be an imbecile to buy it. He’s simply talking tough while making an excuse to not cut a guy that he thinks might help his team.

  14. abninf says: Jul 13, 2017 6:48 PM

    Since it obviously wasn’t “kumbayaumba tea”, when will he be cut?

  15. dmoney253 says: Jul 13, 2017 7:12 PM

    I’m a Notre Dame fan because both my brothers went there… Floyd and Golden Tate were a helluva WR combination. I thought Floyd was going to be waaaaaay better than Golden Tate. Boy was I wrong. I wish Tate was still on the Seahawks and I wish Floyd would get his act together and actually work hard. All that natural talent is just going to waste.

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 13, 2017 7:17 PM

    It’s just the Kombucha tea talking, Zim.

  17. whatjusthapped says: Jul 13, 2017 7:28 PM

    Zimmer might have said it, he clearly didn’t mean a word of it since applying any level of scientific scrutiny to his Kombucha tea defense would have exposed Floyd for the liar that he is.

    But you need to cut Zimmer some slack here, he needs a decent WR and his GM is so delusional that he spent a first round draft pick on Treadslow. So Zimmer has to play the tough guy role for the local media and hope that Floyd’s suspension doesn’t go too long or hanging on to 3rd place will be difficult with any improvement from the Bears.

  18. arzcardinals says: Jul 13, 2017 7:30 PM

    how does a head coach of the NFL believe that pile of lies. Floyd could sell him the London Bridge in a week.
    Floyd would have had to have 2.5 gallons of the stuff in under an hour to hit that alcohol level.

  19. beerbratscheese says: Jul 13, 2017 7:47 PM

    If Floyd’s sticking to his story, then he must want to get cut real bad.

  20. irishgary says: Jul 13, 2017 9:24 PM

    Zimmer is a complete tool

  21. darkbaconlips says: Jul 13, 2017 9:46 PM

    Zimms needs more eye surgery.

  22. dionoil says: Jul 13, 2017 10:38 PM

    Most tea and citrus drinks have a trace amount of alcohol. So does coke. You’d have to drink more than would kill you before your blood got to those levels. The good news for Floyd is that there is very little chance Zimmer could find out he’s lying after he bought the initial story. He just can’t get caught again.

  23. truckenlauten says: Jul 13, 2017 11:04 PM

    A short while back the Vikings claimed they had this tea in their locker room for the players. Gee did they find out if that was true they would be in a lot of trouble,but then again this organization isn’t to smart.

  24. 400marios says: Jul 14, 2017 1:08 AM

    As a Packer fan, it gets harder and harder for me to root against the Vikings when Zimmer keeps doing old-school, no nonsense type stuff.

    It was so much easier in the Love Boat era.

  25. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 14, 2017 1:31 AM

    “Four game suspension then he’ll be back for the final 15 games ”

    Lolz the last 4 they’ll be watching from their couches

    And you’d have to be an idiot to believe Floyd wasn’t lying, of course he was

  26. thisonesforpat says: Jul 14, 2017 2:07 AM

    angelogiaquinto18 says:

    I do like Zim’s no-nonsense approach! How many other coaches would be that honest?
    —————————-
    You can’t be serious. He is clearly not dumb enough to believe Floyd’s flimsy excuse. He’d have to be an imbecile to buy it. He’s simply talking tough while making an excuse to not cut a guy that he thinks might help his team.

    If Floyd had had a decent 2016, he would have signed a a really big deal, say, 4 years, $10 million per year, but he got trashed, fell asleep at the wheel and blew like a .20-and in case you don’t know, that’s really really drunk.

    Floyd did lie, see above, and Zimmer just wants ANY OUT to keep a potential $10 million receiver for $1.35.

    But integrity? “No nonsense”? You’re either joking or delirious.

  27. absolutevisuals says: Jul 14, 2017 2:39 AM

    Yeah, I don’t think Zimmer means employment wise.

  28. DugoutDirtbag says: Jul 14, 2017 6:25 AM

    I really can’t remember the last time I lied but there’s no way i’d lie to that guy. Not even if he were blind!

  29. eddiea25 says: Jul 14, 2017 6:30 AM

    There should be more coaches like that, I don’t care how much talent the player has.In the NFL,stars skate, and low roster players get cut. No one is bigger than the team in the ultimate team sport.Kudos to you, Mike Zimmer.

  30. DugoutDirtbag says: Jul 14, 2017 6:36 AM

    irishgary says: Zimmer is a complete tool
    …………………………..

    Your one of those irish that doesn’t drink whisky right?

  31. stellarperformance says: Jul 14, 2017 6:50 AM

    Desperate people do desperate things. And I’m not talking about Floyd.

  32. redclaw1314 says: Jul 14, 2017 7:01 AM

    Let him play, but get the car keys.

  33. handicappershangout says: Jul 14, 2017 8:41 AM

    “I said, ‘If I find out you’re lying to me, I’m going to cut you,’ ” Zimmer told Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.”

    Seems a bit aggressive, just kick him off the team.

  34. norrismen17 says: Jul 14, 2017 8:59 AM

    He was tested everyday at a minimum of six times per day for the prior 3 months. Hard to believe he thought he could get away with it but I am highly skeptical about Kombucha Tea as a defense given the .055 test result. This will be interesting.

  35. silvernblacksabbath says: Jul 14, 2017 9:17 AM

    Kratom Tea is better 😛

  36. jimmyjohns01 says: Jul 14, 2017 9:24 AM

    So if Floyd told Zimmer he really did have a few drinks, would Zimmer come forward and tell the public Floyd lied? Or would he stick to this defense and hope Floyd straightens out?

  37. irishgary says: Jul 14, 2017 9:31 AM

    DugoutDirtbag says:
    Jul 14, 2017 6:36 AM

    irishgary says: Zimmer is a complete tool
    …………………………..

    Your one of those irish that doesn’t drink whisky right?

    _________________________________

    Yes you are right for once.

  38. wafflestomp says: Jul 14, 2017 9:36 AM

    angelogiaquinto18 says:
    Jul 13, 2017 5:33 PM
    I do like Zim’s no-nonsense approach! How many other coaches would be that honest?
    ——————–

    Are you serious? skoLOL!
    How many no-nonsense coaches do you know that would allow their defensive backfield to deviate from the game plan they’ve been practicing all week and freelance an entire first half?

    And then refuse to level any consequences whatsoever.
    No-nonsense indeed!

  39. aypeeswhippingstick says: Jul 14, 2017 10:34 AM

    ‘If I find out you’re lying to me, I’m going to cut you,’

    This is exactly the same thing some innocent stuffed animals heard last season before being disemboweled by this mad man.

  40. vikesfan says: Jul 14, 2017 10:46 AM

    patriotway says:
    Jul 13, 2017 6:38 PM

    You can’t be serious. He is clearly not dumb enough to believe Floyd’s flimsy excuse. He’d have to be an imbecile to buy it. He’s simply talking tough while making an excuse to not cut a guy that he thinks might help his team.

    _______________________

    A more reasonable person might conclude that he is very skeptical of Floyd’s excuse and is putting him a very short leash.

  41. lakedog19352 says: Jul 14, 2017 11:08 AM

    Can someone please the self administered breath tests to me…he gave himself breath tests and failed? How does that work?

  42. jimnsota says: Jul 14, 2017 11:32 AM

    I have no doubt he was drinking Kambucha tea. I think the issue is what was he mixing it with?

  43. idurenn says: Jul 14, 2017 11:53 AM

    Can someone please the self administered breath tests to me…he gave himself breath tests and failed? How does that work?
    ___________________________
    He has a breathalyzer in his home that he’s required to blow into by the Judge from his first Extreme DUI.

    Not sure on the requirements in this case, but when my uncle had one he was to blow into it every 4 or 6 hours. When he was blowing into it, it would take his picture to prove it was him blowing into it.

    Fail the self administered test even once, you get more time, punishment, etc.

  44. grumpysal says: Jul 14, 2017 12:05 PM

    All joking aside, if Floyd is failing self-administered breathalyzers at his home while under house arrest, he’s got a serious drinking problem and the Vikes aren’t doing him any favors by enabling him with these lies.

  45. FlashPatterson says: Jul 14, 2017 12:18 PM

    Should’ve just cut him and went for Eric Decker.

  46. andrwken says: Jul 14, 2017 12:44 PM

    patriotway says:
    Jul 13, 2017 6:38 PM
    angelogiaquinto18 says:
    Jul 13, 2017 5:33 PM
    I do like Zim’s no-nonsense approach! How many other coaches would be that honest?

    —————————-

    You can’t be serious. He is clearly not dumb enough to believe Floyd’s flimsy excuse. He’d have to be an imbecile to buy it. He’s simply talking tough while making an excuse to not cut a guy that he thinks might help his team.

    \\\\\\\\\\\\\

    This.

    Is the correct answer.

    On a side note,

    Even patriot fans are coming over to enjoy picking on the vikings……

    Jets too boring this summer? That’s fine. we don’t mind the help.

    Signed,

    Packers fans….

    P.S.

    See you in February.

    LOLOLOL

  47. superpatriotsfan says: Jul 14, 2017 1:18 PM

    Brady must have coached Floyd on how to lie.

  48. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jul 14, 2017 1:24 PM

    I’m already tired of this

  49. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Jul 14, 2017 2:10 PM

    Have you ever tasted that crap? You’d have to be drunk to drink it.

  50. cheeseisfattening says: Jul 14, 2017 6:06 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Jul 14, 2017 6:50 AM
    Desperate people do desperate things. And I’m not talking about Floyd.
    —————–
    That is how Eddie Lacy must have felt last year with all that fat shaming going on. Thank goodness he is in a better place now.

  51. cheeseisfattening says: Jul 14, 2017 6:06 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Jul 14, 2017 6:50 AM
    Desperate people do desperate things. And I’m not talking about Floyd.
    —————–
    That is how Eddie Lacy must have felt last year with all that fat shaming going on. Thank goodness he is in a better place now. 🙂

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