NFL suspends Michael Floyd four games

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Vikings receiver Michael Floyd will miss a quarter of the season.

Floyd has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Floyd pleaded guilty to extreme DUI and went to jail this offseason, and the result was a harsher suspension than NFL players usually get: A drunk driving offense usually results in a two-game suspension.

At the time of his arrest last year, Floyd was playing for the Cardinals. Arizona released him following the arrest, and the Patriots picked him up for the end of the season and the playoffs. The Vikings signed him as a free agent this offseason.

Floyd was behind the wheel with a 0.217 percent blood alcohol level when he was initially arrested. He was also found to have a 0.055 percent blood alcohol level in an at-home test this summer, when his release was conditioned on his not drinking alcohol. He blamed that on drinking kombucha tea without realizing it had alcohol in it, and the Vikings have warned him that if they find out that’s a lie, they’ll cut him.

61 responses to “NFL suspends Michael Floyd four games

  1. That’s about equal, morally and competitively, with being accused of being possibly generally aware that something never shown to have took place actually did.

    INTEGRITY SHIELD: ACTIVATE!

  2. Reminds me of the NFC Championship in 2010. Wait…the Vikings lost that too. LOL
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    2010 was the Packers & Bears.

  3. I think four games should be the standard for DUI. This is reckless behavior and should be treated very seriously. More seriously than lighting a joint in your living room.

  4. idurenn says:
    Jul 14, 2017 4:31 PM
    Reminds me of the NFC Championship in 2010. Wait…the Vikings lost that too. LOL
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    2010 was the Packers & Bears.

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    Semantics confuse this one. Packers and Bears technically played in January 2011, whereas the Vikings played the Saints in January 2010.

  5. If the NFL established a mandatory 10 game suspension for any DUI conviction, would it make a difference? These millionaires can afford uber or private driver.

  6. Drunk Uncle says:
    Jul 14, 2017 4:37 PM

    Semantics confuse this one. Packers and Bears technically played in January 2011, whereas the Vikings played the Saints in January 2010.
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    And lost

  7. A legendary consumer of Kombucha tea. Once known to drink 55 gallons of it in a single night. He goes through Kombucha like Joey Chestnut goes through hot dogs. It’s really too bad the NFL is penalizing this multi-sport athlete. I can only hope this doesn’t jeopardize his dreams of competing with Tiger Woods on the 2020 Olympic car sleeping team.

  8. Fun to jump on a guy when he’s down. But personally I would have loved the Pats to keep him at that low price. Granted he would have gotten 6 games for being with the Pats but so what.

    He has specific skills that aren’t currently on the Pats roster. The big deep threat. Outside of Gronk, they have no guys who can win one on one jump balls. Actually the suspension works in the Pats favor. They don’t lose the roster spot at the start of the season, and they have a better than average guy who knows the system, just waiting in case some one gets hurt.

    If noone gets hurt or plays badly, THEN you can cut him and what has it cost you? About 1.5MM – not much for a team with 0ver $13MM of room.

    At least that’s what I’d have done. Clearly BB didn’t want the headache 0r thought he had enough quality depth to make Fl0yd redundant.

  9. “I think four games should be the standard for DUI. This is reckless behavior and should be treated very seriously. More seriously than lighting a joint in your living room.”

    If I was arrested for DUI or using MJ, I’d be fired immediately – unless I could prove I have glaucoma.

  10. I see all the GB fanboys are still talking out of their collective back sides, right where their brains reside.

  11. Doesn’t matter, he will appeal and get it reduced to one game. What a joke, knowing this guys history from college til now I wouldn’t want anything to do with this guy. This tea defense is a big bunch of bs as well.

  12. jermainewiggins says:
    Jul 14, 2017 4:35 PM
    Im using kombucha as en excuse if I fail a drug test at work
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    Well, in reality, that’s only going to work if Mike Zimmer is your boss.

  13. “If I was arrested for DUI or using MJ, I’d be fired immediately – unless I could prove I have glaucoma.”
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    Are you part of a union that forces employer to go through an exhaustive process before they terminate someone?

  14. Hope this guy takes this seriously, the path he’s on is no joking matter. Anymore hiccups and his career in the NFL will be over.

  15. “Back in time to help the team and get his second, consecutive superbowl ring…”

    Lol Barneys as delusional as ever

  16. “Fun to jump on a guy when he’s down. But personally I would have loved the Pats to keep him at that low price. Granted he would have gotten 6 games for being with the Pats but so what.”

    He had one good game where his best play was a block and two awful ones where his hands of stone manifested and he was terrible

    He couldn’t make the team as a 6th receiver with the current group they have, can’t control his drinking and I’m glad the Pats cut him. He’s crap

  17. I hate to wreck all the hate, but the Vikings knew this was probably coming when they signed him. No surprises here, and while it will be tragic, it won’t be a surprise if he washes out. But people do change and we all deserve a second chance. But to avoid the rush, Maybe start penning that hate mail now.

  18. jermainewiggins says:
    Jul 14, 2017 4:35 PM
    Im using kombucha as en excuse if I fail a drug test at work
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    This is the one takeaway we can all learn from this saga.

  19. Look…

    The Vikings didn’t do Michael Floyd a favor..he’s got a serious life threatening ( his and others ) problem.

    They actually hurt the guy by signing him.

    He needs to go get help through a formal program and forget football for a year or two before trying to play again.

  20. .055%?!

    Of course he’s lying. Kombucha teas are like MAYBE 0.5% ABV. You’d have to drink about 8 of them in approximately an hour to get the equivalent BAC of drinking ONE average beer in an hour (Bud Light is like 4.3% ABV).

    There’s absolutely no way that the Vikings actually believe his story.

  21. descendency says:
    Jul 14, 2017 5:26 PM
    Having an alcohol problem that results in drunk driving = letting air out of a football = beating your wife.

    Good job NFL.
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    The Deflator agrees.

  22. ragnarthegreat says:
    Jul 14, 2017 5:59 PM

    I hate to wreck all the hate, but the Vikings knew this was probably coming when they signed him. No surprises here, and while it will be tragic, it won’t be a surprise if he washes out. But people do change and we all deserve a second chance. But to avoid the rush, Maybe start penning that hate mail now.
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    Yes, you are so correct. But these GB trolls need something to post against the team they envy.

  23. Look, It was a low risk signing by the Vikings. They knew if he screwed up, They could cut him without much penalty, And it’s over for Floyd. If he stays clean and can help the team win games, they win. It is now incumbent on the new draft picks in Rodney Adams and Stacy Coley to prove they belong, And if they do, It will just be that much easier to cut ties with Michael Floyd. They will have 4 games to find that out.

  24. The Vikings don’t care really. He’s an all upside player because whatever he gives them is all gravy. Incentive laden contract is all on him to perform. Diggs, Thielen and Rudy are the bellcows in the passing game. People will also know who Bucky Hodges is by mid season.

  25. Alcohol is fun but not worth your career. Admit you were wrong and take your punishment. You need help with your drinking more than your nfl career. You wont kill anyone by being an underachieving WR but you can if you arent remorseful and a drunk.

  26. Yes, you are so correct. But these GB trolls need something to post against the team they envy.
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    Do you just assume everyone that talks smack about the Vikings is a GB troll? Hate to break it to you, but most of the country dislikes your team, not just GB fans. So funny to see Viking fans complaining about trolls anyway when every packer story comment section is 75% Viking trolls. You guys can sure dish it out but whine like little babies when it comes time to take it.

  27. So many ironies! Fans of Green Bay, identified as America’s Drunkest City, sounding like self-righteous temperance fanatics when a Viking is involved in a drinking incident. And a fan base that remembers every embarrassing moment, real or imagined, in Vikings history cannot seem to remember the Packers signing Koren Robinson in 2006 under very similar circumstances after he was cut by the Vikings for reportedly driving under the influence and taking police on a 90+ mph chase.

  28. pkrlvr says:
    Jul 14, 2017 8:50 PM
    Yes, you are so correct. But these GB trolls need something to post against the team they envy.
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    Do you just assume everyone that talks smack about the Vikings is a GB troll? Hate to break it to you, but most of the country dislikes your team, not just GB fans. So funny to see Viking fans complaining about trolls anyway when every packer story comment section is 75% Viking trolls. You guys can sure dish it out but whine like little babies when it comes time to take it.
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    Great post and 100% true. The Vikings fans are so starved for a championship team that the highlight of their NFL experience is trying to think of criticisms for the Packers and their players and fans.
    And think about what this guy said — that Packers fans envy the Vikings. How comical is that? Packers fans envy a team which has never won a championship???
    Hey Vikings fans — brace yourself. You’ll be looking up at the Packers and Lions this season and the Bears will be over your shoulder.
    Have to stop now. Just heard the Vikings forgot to turn in one of their draft selections again. LOL

  29. lets face it..the Vikings, Browns, Jags, Cardinals, Bills, Bengals, Chargers, Panthers, Eagles, Falcons and Lions will never EVER win a SB…perennial losers

  30. America’s drunkest fan base, the fans in America’s drunkest city, Green Bay Wisconsin. Have another drink and tell each other how great of fans you are and pat yourself on the back some more.

  31. I was against this move but those here bashing an organization for making a low risk move with the possibility of a reward need to check themselves.

  32. pkrlvr says:
    Jul 14, 2017 8:50 PM
    Yes, you are so correct. But these GB trolls need something to post against the team they envy.
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    Do you just assume everyone that talks smack about the Vikings is a GB troll? Hate to break it to you, but most of the country dislikes your team, not just GB fans. So funny to see Viking fans complaining about trolls anyway when every packer story comment section is 75% Viking trolls. You guys can sure dish it out but whine like little babies when it comes time to take it.
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    Never been to packer story comment section so I can’t speak for the trolls you mentioned.
    I don’t understand how you can speak for the entire country either. I do know over half the country couldn’t care less about football so that would disprove your notion. I do know this is a vikings article and you are here.

  33. The Vikings have the sixth-highest regular-season winning percentage in modern NFL history, ahead of teams like the Ravens, Packers, Patriots and Colts.
    So much for the “perennial losers ” talk Yuri. You don’t know this team.

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