Michael Floyd: Right now it’s about learning from mistakes

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Wide receiver Michael Floyd met reporters on Thursday for the first time since he joined the Patriots as a waiver claim last week and he faced questions about the DUI arrest that led him to the waiver wire in the first place.

Floyd was arrested in Arizona on December 12 and released by the Cardinals a couple of days later. It came to light this week that Floyd’s blood alcohol content was .217, which qualifies as an “extreme DUI” in Arizona, and Floyd was asked why he was behind the wheel in that state.

Floyd said it was “a choice” and that all he can do at this point is learn from his mistake. Learning was a frequent theme along with his happiness about being picked up by the Patriots.

“I think in life everyone makes mistakes,” Floyd said, via WEEI.com. “I think right now it is about learning about that mistake. I couldn’t be in a better position right now with this team. The guys that they have around here are keeping me focused and working hard.”

Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill said on Sunday that he felt Floyd “was unapologetic” after the arrest and that the team was disappointed with how he handled it. Floyd was asked about those comments, but passed on commenting beyond saying that he enjoyed playing for the Cardinals and that he thought Bidwill “treated me very well.”

Floyd didn’t play against the Broncos last Sunday and could make his Patriots debut against the Jets on Saturday.

 

61 responses to “Michael Floyd: Right now it’s about learning from mistakes

  1. Already doing things the “Patriot Way” Michael Floyd has stated that he is “taking full responsibility” and that he didn’t know there was actual rum in the rum raisin ice cream served on the team flight.

  2. “Floyd didn’t play against the Broncos last Sunday and could make his Patriots debut against the Jets on Saturday”.

    Yeah right lol! Do you honestly think Goodell and his goons are going to let Michael Floyd play this year in a Patriots uniform let alone the Jets game? If Floyd joined the Giants then this debacle would be gone and done with. Just like the 1 game suspension for their kicker who has/had a history of domestic violence for years. Just like when the Giants used a gauge and needle to test footballs on the sideline during the Pittsburgh game and lets not forget “walkietalkiegate”. If you’re not the New England Patriots, you get a slap on the wrist and a cookie. If you’re the New England Patriots, you get vilified and ostracized by fans with countless loss of draft picks, fines and suspensions. My point is, there is no consistency with how the NFL is ran especially regarding disciplinary actions.

  3. Acknowledging mistakes is not the same thing as learning from mistakes, the first part only takes words. The second thing takes a lot of work. Was it just a mistake, or was the mistake a result of a much bigger, harder issue? I believe in second chances and I hope he overcomes this, but he can’t just talk. He’s gonna have to walk the walk.

  4. Just curious why you’re not reporting on DeCastro stomping on Burfict after the whistle last weekend. Right after the personal foul on Gilbert for hitting Burfict late.

  5. What everyone fails to realize as to why the Pats claimed him, and no one else did. It’s because he is owed 1.2M $ for the rest of the season. If a team claimed him they would be on the hook for the 1.2. If he cleared waivers, and was a free agent, 4 or 5 teams would have signed him. The Pats spent the money to get the player. Why they want him is another question. Maybe trying to recoup one of the first round draft choices Goodell and Mara stole from them.

  6. “The guys that they have around here are keeping me focused and working hard. Then after practice we gonna go get stupid drunk!”

  7. NO! it’s about you being put in jail and serving time and then learning from that before you kill someone on the road. A .231 is criminal you should be dealt with as a criminal, end of story.

  8. He made a bad choice,hopefully he’ll learn from it.Belichick won’t put up with any nonsense and will jettison him if he doesn’t follow the rules.

  9. Floyd made a huge mistake and made and even bigger mistake repeating it again . He will most likely due time in jail. Im shocked the Patriots picked him up just because of past history with players , with thats being said hopefully the guy can get his life together off the field because it looks like its a hot mess. I hope he does because hes running out of chances. I wish him luck , hes gonna need it when the games over and the spotlights off and no ones there to babysit him…

  10. Well, let’s hope he will learn…. He obviously has some personal demons he’s dealing with…. Thank God nobody got hurt…. The ball is truly in his court now & however this ends up I hope he takes the appropriate steps to not only face those demons but concours them as well, be it with the Patriots or any other franchise he may end up going should that be the case….

  11. This dude is a classless punk. I’m from St. Paul and have friends that went to school with him. One of his favorite pastimes is sending text messages of him in bed with his flavor of the month, day, week, or whatever it is. Now he seems basically happy that his DUI got him onto a SB contender. Have fun in jail buddy! (45 day mandatory minimum for that blood alcohol level in AZ)

  12. Here’s an idea, if you know you are going out to party, call Uber. Let them haul you out to the club. Then call again when you need a ride home. Simple.

    No reason it this day and age to get a DUI unless you are just not very smart.

  13. Possible outcomes for the Pats

    A) He’s stupid and can’t pick up the offense in time to help the team , and demonstrates little to no work ethic. He walks a free agent … Pats get a 3rd or 4th round pick.

    B) He steps in , works his ass off, learns enough of the offense to play Saturday , and has a good game, demonstrating ability and promise. Pats win … The next week in a meaningless game against Miami , he plays and has another great game (scores a TD in the Red zone) … Sets himself up as a red zone threat in the playoffs giving Brady a real go to option. Pats win the Super Bowl… He signs a 4 year deal (a la Randy Moss)… Next season he becomes a real weapon and sets the single season TD record for WRs (beating Moss). Starts a foundation to support MADD, wins award for charity.

    C) He is very mediocre, and gets cut to start the next season with very limited playing time this year.

  14. Spoken like a true Millenial…calling an egregious DUI , one that is a mandatory 45 days in Jail a “mistake”, and “that was last week”…. Fact is the guy has the talent and if he applies himself he could learn from it and become a very good player.

    It doesn’t happen overnight though, and that is what our young people today simply don’t realize.

    Wishing him the best of luck.

  15. I’m just glad the posters here all have their lives in order and sit on large, high horses where they can lecture people about morality and such in between posting insults about Payton’s forehead or Shannon Sharpe’s horse teeth.

  16. It will help that he is with a team where the coach holds himself accountable along with the players.

    If Belichick doesn’t like the cut of Floyd’s jib, he will get released with no fanfare or throwing him under the bus.

  17. Most guys drove drunk in their 20’s at least once. Right? So let’s spare each other the hubris and finger-wagging here.

    Heck of a pickup for the Pats, don’t like them but gotta give props when earned.

  18. Possible outcomes for the Pats

    A) He’s stupid and can’t pick up the offense in time to help the team , and demonstrates little to no work ethic. He walks a free agent … Pats get a 3rd or 4th round pick.

    B) He steps in , works his ass off, learns enough of the offense to play Saturday , and has a good game, demonstrating ability and promise. Pats win … The next week in a meaningless game against Miami , he plays and has another great game (scores a TD in the Red zone) … Sets himself up as a red zone threat in the playoffs giving Brady a real go to option. Pats win the Super Bowl… He signs a 4 year deal (a la Randy Moss)… Next season he becomes a real weapon and sets the single season TD record for WRs (beating Moss). Starts a foundation to support MADD, wins award for charity.

    C) He is very mediocre, and gets cut to start the next season with very limited playing time this year.
    ___________________________________

    D) He becomes Tammy’s man servant and keeps her Ugghs and Man Purse clean and conditioned at all times.

  19. “D) He becomes Tammy’s man servant and keeps her Ugghs and Man Purse clean and conditioned at all times.”

    There is no weaker “smack talk” than calling a pro athlete that has taken hundreds of hits, any one of which would have put you in the hospital, by a woman’s name.

    It not only barely qualifies as insect level smack talk, its just plain lazy. You’re not even good at trolling. Tom is the best in the world at what he does.

  20. .
    When you have multiple incidents over an extended period of time, it’s a good indicator that there’s a more serious issue. One can only hope that a change of environment and culture will spur a change in behavior. He should be aware that he’s running out of chances and another incident would pretty much end his career
    .

  21. Seriously don’t care what he says to the media. He may have to serve his time, which he deserves. It will matter what he does from here on out. One more of these and my guess is, he’ll be banned from the league. But, dude, really, call a frickin Uber next time

  22. There’s no way to understand Belichick. But you can be certain he knows why he decided to take on Floyd.
    Floyd will get the typically extreme Arizona sentence for that level of DUI, as he should.
    He will also get an atypically severe NFL penalty just because he is now a Patriots player.
    Mara and Goodell will pat each other on the back thinking that they once again showed the Patriots what for.
    The Patriots will win the Lombardi once again, regardless.
    And it starts all over again next season.
    It would all be a lot easier if the other 31 teams just acknowledge that the Patriots have found the winning formula and set about trying to duplicate it. That’s the only way towards parity.

  23. Certainly smart enough to say the right things now.

    Most men in the 20s who are posting here drove drunk at least once. You just did so stop being sanctimonious.

    If the Pats have a zero-alcohol/drug policy with him going forward who are we to criticize the second chance.

  24. Good luck, Michael. As a Cards fan, it’s best for everyone involved that we go our separate ways. For one thing, my family drives the streets of Scottsdale and you appear to be a slow learner.

    You were a bizarre first round pick for the Cards to begin with because, at the time, receiver was the ONE position where we didn’t need help.

    But the Whisenhunt/Graves braindead-trust didn’t want to negotiate Anquan Bolden’s new contract, so taking Floyd was a way to let Bolden walk.

    For anyone not paying attention…SERIOUS DOWNGRADE.

    I hope he works things out at the Aaron Hernandez campus in New England.

  25. .217? Team’s gonna need such experts for the SB victory party at Trump’s Palace (he’s renaming the White House) in Feb 2017!

    But in all seriousness, just glad he didn’t drive over someone, and whatever happens I hope he gets sorted out.

  26. Well it’s lovely to have walked in on the meeting of those who have never been behind the wheel drunk. DUI is never OK but here’s the thing Judge Judy,

    One of the first things you hear in AA,

    There but for the grace of God go I.

    Merry Christmas to all you “men” of good will. Here’s hoping you never find yourselves in Michael’s place.

  27. “we’ll see how it goes”…
    given a chance to correct errors, I hope he sobers up.
    Never mind the Pats… or anything else… He has a fatal condition that can be reversed… if he admits to, acknowledges and makes a decision to change.

    alternative options:

    Jails, Institutions, and Death.

  28. Floyd played for Charlie Weiss in college…

    So according to Weiss, Floyd already knows around 75% of the Pats playbook terminology etc.

    Might be one of the reasons they went after him…

  29. He “made a mistake” LMAO his blood alcohol level was higher than my entire batchellor’s party was !

  30. I would be willing to bet before trial he pleads down to a lesser DUI charge with different sentencing guidelines. In many states illegal possession of a firearm has a minimum mandatory sentence of 1 year… it is almost never served because the gun charge gets pleaded down to a lesser crime usually in return for something (which is why I laugh at cries for more gun control when we don’t enforce the existing laws).

    Part of the reason behind this is jail/prison overcrowding… If his DUI were coupled with a resisting arrest are A&B of a police officer then this would probably be pushed to jail time. In this case he could plead down along with an agreement to appear in an anti DUI campaign in AZ.

    With all of that said, if he tows the company line and has the ability to read coverage and be where Brady expects him to be this could be a win for all sides… if not he a chip that gets turned in for a mid round draft pick.

  31. rootpain says:
    Dec 22, 2016 4:08 PM

    It would all be a lot easier if the other 31 teams just acknowledge that the Patriots have found the winning formula and set about trying to duplicate it. That’s the only way towards parity.

    =======================

    No they can’t duplicate it, which is why they have been trying to go through the league office to destroy it. People tend to try and destroy that which they don’t understand.

  32. I’ll say it again, picking up this guy is a mistake. He should be seeking help with his drinking problem not studying an NFL playbook.

  33. I’m a Pats fan. I understand why NE signed Floyd. If anyone can turn this guy around, it’s NE. Everyone knows that if you screw up in NE, you’re finished. They get cut immediately.

    No statues for double murderers, no lucrative extensions for serial rapists, no enabling of domestic abusers…

  34. Talk is cheap. Too smart, too late. Floyd should keep his mouth shut and SHOW everyone what “change” looks like.

    I have serious doubts he’ll overcome his issues.

  35. In many states illegal possession of a firearm has a minimum mandatory sentence of 1 year… it is almost never served because the gun charge gets pleaded down to a lesser crime usually in return for something (which is why I laugh at cries for more gun control when we don’t enforce the existing laws).
    ————————————————————–
    Sounds like job security for judges and lawyers.
    I wonder if judges and lawyers had a part in making the laws.

  36. Part of the reason behind this is jail/prison overcrowding… If his DUI were coupled with a resisting arrest are A&B of a police officer then this would probably be pushed to jail time. In this case he could plead down along with an agreement to appear in an anti DUI campaign in AZ.

    No pleading in AZ… He is toast at the extreme DUI level. And do not worry about overcrowding, its called tent city jail. Ask McNabb he spent time there…. its called a mandatory minimum statute.

  37. All you guys need a clue about the compensatory pick… in order for NE to get the pick, he would have to be signed at the 6 million dollar number. No way a team pays that much for this guy.

  38. Most guys drove drunk in their 20’s at least once. Right? So let’s spare each other the hubris and finger-wagging here.

    Heck of a pickup for the Pats, don’t like them but gotta give props when earned.

    _______________________

    How many of us have been arrested twice for underage drinking, DUI in college, and DUI as a pro. Do you really think AZ is dumb. They knew this guy has a seroius problem and had no upside, lazy practice ethic, no concentration in games, and drops balls like no other.

  39. Good thing the extreme DUI (.15+) law in Arizona only has a five year lookback. The arrest had no aggravating circumstances too which will help him in his defense. He’s served a day already which is likely to be the extent of his incarceration.

  40. mannyiac says:
    Dec 22, 2016 3:03 PM
    He made a bad choice,hopefully he’ll learn from it.Belichick won’t put up with any nonsense and will jettison him if he doesn’t follow the rules.

    What Floyd has proven is that he can’t be trusted to learn from his bad choices. So you can say sure they will jettison him if he doesn’t follow the rules he hasn’t shown he can and BTW I hate when things like this are called “mistakes”. No he made a bad decision. His bad decision was not to drive drunk but to drink that much without thinking of a way home before hand. A mistake is putting there is place of their. I used to call them mistakes too but it’s not. Life is a series of decisions. You either make a good choice or a bad one but calling it a mistake is taking the blame away from yourself when its all on you.

  41. Good thing the extreme DUI (.15+) law in Arizona only has a five year lookback. The arrest had no aggravating circumstances too which will help him in his defense. He’s served a day already which is likely to be the extent of his incarceration.

    Nope… extreme DUI is .20 and above…. Nope, mandatory minimum 45 days for a 1st offense. Good luck pleading out body cam evidence and a BAC. He will be in MCSO tent city for 6 weeks, he might get work release, out at 0800am and back in at 5:00pm. AZ is no joke for DUI.

  42. I understand the younger fans trying to ridicule the situation. But the older folks here…How can anyone be OK with this or chalk it up to a ‘mistake’? He was so drunk, people including himself could have been killed.

    If you got kids…Sharing the road with this guy in his state of mind or lack thereof, is something I find completely unforgivable.

    But those NE fans sure don’t care. What Floyd did was a casual Friday at the pub.

  43. filmex2000 says:
    Dec 22, 2016 4:23 PM
    Good luck, Michael. As a Cards fan, it’s best for everyone involved that we go our separate ways. For one thing, my family drives the streets of Scottsdale and you appear to be a slow learner.

    You were a bizarre first round pick for the Cards to begin with because, at the time, receiver was the ONE position where we didn’t need help.

    But the Whisenhunt/Graves braindead-trust didn’t want to negotiate Anquan Bolden’s new contract, so taking Floyd was a way to let Bolden walk.

    For anyone not paying attention…SERIOUS DOWNGRADE.

    I hope he works things out at the Aaron Hernandez campus in New England.
    ——
    Is this coming from the shirtless, synthetic Chandler Jones trading Cardinals team or the bargain shopping in the late round multi drug using Tyrann Matthieu Cardinals?

    Apparently the Cardinals don’t believe in second, third, etc chances either……eye roll.

  44. Supporters of the “extreme DUI” law type their comments on their phones, then drive home from the bar after throwing down around six beers, mixed drinks, or shots. Of course, those law and order types aren’t drunk, they can handle their liquor.

  45. Why is anyone surprised Floyd is on a roster?

    Leonard Little killed a woman after running a red light while driving drunk in 1998. Then he was arrested again in 2004 driving drunk.. He was allowed to play 11 years in the League!

    But lets be quick to throw woman beaters out of the League! Endangering or TAKING lives for sippin the sauce… no big deal…. SMH!

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