Michael Floyd’s DUI guilty plea could lead to enhanced suspension

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Apart from: (1) actually serving 24 days in jail; and (2) serving another 96 oF home confinement after that (which would cause him to miss most of the offseason program barring a work-release proviso), receiver Michael Floyd has another problem.

Based on the plain language of the substance-abuse policy, Floyd could be facing a suspension of more than two games.

“Absent aggravating circumstances, discipline for a first offense will be a suspension without pay for two (2) regular or postseason games,” the policy states. “If the Commissioner finds that there were aggravating circumstances, including but not limited to felonious conduct, extreme intoxication (BAC of .15% or more), property damage or serious injury or death to the Player or a third party, and/or if the Player has had prior drug or alcohol-related misconduct, increased discipline may be imposed.”

Floyd, who currently is under contract but was playing for the Cardinals when arrested, was arrested with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.217 percent, which is greater than 0.15 percent. (It used to be regarded as a given when one number was obviously larger than another, but we live in interesting times.) That factor alone sets him up for an enhanced penalty.

There’s another aggravating factor, given that Floyd had three prior instances of alcohol-related misconduct at Notre Dame. Twice he was cited for underage consumption. Once he was arrested for DUI, with a BAC of 0.19 percent.

While all three incidents happened before Floyd entered the NFL, the policy contains no language excluding pre-NFL behavior. Given that college misconduct can be considered as to the potential enhancement of penalties for domestic abuse, the league arguably can consider both the high BAC and the fact that it was Floyd’s fourth alcohol incident — and his second DUI with a BAC in excess of 0.15 percent.

With Floyd out of pocket (absent ankle bracelet) until June and with his NFL fate undecided, it’s likely that no one will seriously pursue him until there’s a final verdict from the Football People’s Court.

36 responses to “Michael Floyd’s DUI guilty plea could lead to enhanced suspension

  1. If Floyd is under contract to NE I believe the discipline will be four games or less to avoid the appearance that Goodell wants to punish the Patriots for winning the Superbowl and having a vendetta against NE (and perhaps trying to rehabilitate his relationship with Robert Kraft). Another reason the Pats have the inside track in signing Floyd.

  2. Good to know that if a player kills himself during a DUI incident the NFL reserves the right to impose increased discipline.

    I do not understand the casualness many people have towards DUI offenses. Every time somebody drinks and drives (especially considering the BAC in this case) they jeopardize countless lives. Whether or not they actually kill somebody is irrelevant.

  3. We all know the biggest factor is which team is he playing for. If it’s New England, he’ll be suspended for the season, if it’s the Seahawks or Steelers, it’ll simply be forgotten and no punishment will be imposed at all. Any other franchise and your guess is as good as mine when it comes to Commissioner Make-It-Up-As-I-Go-Along.

  4. The Pat’s knew this would be the likely outcome , but their interest was to suck what they could from him then kick him to the curb. Yet their snowflake fans extoll the virtues of the Patriot way. Snowflakes that’s why you hated because you scam the system. Winning at all cost is a very shallow accomplishment to a mature adult.

  5. I think Floyd will be in the league next yr, but I doubt the Pats get involved. He didn’t really show anything spectacular, and there will be some sort of suspension. Edelman, Hogan and Mitchell are locks. Slater takes a WR spot even though he’s a STeamer. That leaves 1 spot for Floyd, Amendola(if he takes a pay cut/they want him back), a draft pick or a FA upgrade. I wish you luck MFloyd.

  6. It is what it is….Floyd really screwed up & has a history of alcohol related issues (even though I really don’t have an issue with under age consumption while at college), the previous DUI shows a pattern so if he is suspended more than the 2 games, he gets what he deserved….
    The good thing for the team that claims him is that it will probably be at bargain basement pricing & he won’t count against the teams roster till his suspension is up & he is activated….. The bad news is he’ll be banned from practicing with the team during that time….of course he can get a personal trainer & work with him to help get him ready for when he gets activated, but it will still take him 2-3 weeks of actual team practices to get into game shape, so he may not be all that effective the first half of the season if he indeed does get suspended 4 or more games……

  7. Please god Patriots fans give it a rest.

    Brady is the GOAT. He’s also a cheater.

    If the NFL had it out for the Patriots, they would have called defensive holding on Brandon Browner in the end zone in Super Bowl 48, and a chop block on the TD run in overtime in SB-51, and you would have lost 4 Super Bowls in a row.

    Just give it up. If the NFL had it out for you, you’d be the Vikings.

  8. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Feb 17, 2017 6:09 PM
    Please god Patriots fans give it a rest.

    Brady is the GOAT. He’s also a cheater.

    If the NFL had it out for the Patriots, they would have called defensive holding on Brandon Browner in the end zone in Super Bowl 48, and a chop block on the TD run in overtime in SB-51, and you would have lost 4 Super Bowls in a row.

    Just give it up. If the NFL had it out for you, you’d be the Vikings.

    ——

    Hahaha–another “if” guy.

    Every NFL game–and I mean EVERY one–has “ifs”.

    Winners don’t complain about them, but the losers do to psychologically move forward as a coping mechanism. They try to deny that they got beat by a better team.

    You know, like you’re doing now.

  9. ““If the Commissioner finds that there were aggravating circumstances, including but not limited to felonious conduct, extreme intoxication (BAC of .15% or more)…””

    So does the Guilty Plea or the extreme intoxication potentially lead to enhanced suspension? 😉

  10. Irsay was suspended for six games and fined $500K. For a player making $5MM a year that’s the equivalent of a game and a half suspension. A two game suspension for Floyd sounds about right based on the Irsay precedent.

  11. Winners don’t complain about them, but the losers do to psychologically move forward as a coping mechanism. They try to deny that they got beat by a better team.

    You know, like you’re doing now.

    Ike you are ignoring his point which is valid. Give it a rest you won and it was impressive. To be smug and gloat like victorious little leaguers is far beneath what a champion of five titles should do. Giving it a rest will make you more tolerable like a defanged rattler or a pit bull with a muzzle or a mother in law with laryngitis ……

  12. Belichick likes to have control of excellent football players that don’t have to be on the opening day roster. He knows there are injuries at many positions coming out of camp and early in the year, especially wide receiver. I suspect Bill would like to have Floyd lying in wait just like Lewis this year.

  13. whenwilliteverend says:
    Feb 17, 2017 5:44 PM
    Here comes all the Patriots fans whining about how Goodell is picking on them.

    your username fits perfectly

    the answer to your username is ………..

    NEVER!!!!! YOUR TEAM SUCKS AND ALWAYS WILL
    your just another angry patriots TROLL.
    now go away……..

  14. whenwilliteverend says:
    Feb 17, 2017 5:44 PM

    Here comes all the Patriots fans whining about how Goodell is picking on them.
    ——————————-

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Feb 17, 2017 6:00 PM

    The Pat’s knew this would be the likely outcome , but their interest was to suck what they could from him then kick him to the curb. Yet their snowflake fans extoll the virtues of the Patriot way. Snowflakes that’s why you hated because you scam the system. Winning at all cost is a very shallow accomplishment to a mature adult.
    ———————————-

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Feb 17, 2017 6:09 PM

    Please god Patriots fans give it a rest.

    Brady is the GOAT. He’s also a cheater.

    If the NFL had it out for the Patriots, they would have called defensive holding on Brandon Browner in the end zone in Super Bowl 48, and a chop block on the TD run in overtime in SB-51, and you would have lost 4 Super Bowls in a row.

    Just give it up. If the NFL had it out for you, you’d be the Vikings.
    ————————

    Lol. Give it up for the Hater Faithful.

  15. whenwilliteverend says:
    Feb 17, 2017 5:44 PM

    Here comes all the Patriots fans whining about how Goodell is picking on them.

    ————–

    Wrong. This Patriots fan would rather have a player who has his act together,not a guy with drinking and legal problems.

  16. NEVER!!!!! YOUR TEAM SUCKS AND ALWAYS WILL
    your just another angry patriots TROLL.
    now go away……..

    Sounds like mom called someone for dinner. Hurry snowflake best not to endanger your internet privileges.

  17. Lol. Give it up for the Hater Faithful.

    Isn’t it odd that only adult Pat’s fans still use the term….hater. Someday they will get it…..holding your breath is not advised.

  18. We all know how a couple of 39 year old baseball players got better as they aged. What we don’t know yet is how a 39 year old football player is doing it.

  19. fedora59 says:
    Feb 17, 2017 7:13 PM
    We all know how a couple of 39 year old baseball players got better as they aged. What we don’t know yet is how a 39 year old football player is doing it.
    =====================

    Actually ‘we’ do. Apparently you do not. His dietary and conditioning programs have gotten a ton of play. Of course you may have been too busy trolling to keep up.

  20. I hope that Floyd continues to work a program that will help him deal effectively with his alcohol problem, whether he continues to play for the Patriots or someone else. I like to see people succeed in their fight against alcoholism. He really seemed to enjoy his him in NE. If he can help them to another SB victory, he’ll stay.

  21. Floyd isn’t the genuine alter boy that Malcolm Mitchell is but Larry Fitzgerald speaks very highly of him. Belichick is not adverse to giving a player a second chance if they are willing to work hard and are “good value”. Floyd appears to meet those prerequisites. He plead quilty, he is serving his sentence, and reports are that he worked hard and was positive in his short time with the Patriots.

  22. Oh the bitter tears….. They do taste sooooo sweet…. When I close my eyes & picture the sad, angry & jealous fan typing his post I get a smile on my face & a little chuckle escapes me….THANK YOU ALL…YOU MAKE MY DAY COMPLETE!!!!
    Brady for 5 more years….
    Pleasant dreams!!!!

  23. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Feb 17, 2017 7:07 PM

    Isn’t it odd that only adult Pat’s fans still use the term….hater. Someday they will get it…..holding your breath is not advised.
    ——————–

    Not as odd as a grown lady such as yourself that has a psychotic compulsion to troll Patriots articles with stupidity.

  24. We all know how a couple of 39 year old baseball players got better as they aged. What we don’t know yet is how a 39 year old football player is doing it.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Wow..really? Wasn’t there just a mmqb about this like 48 hours ago?

  25. ikeclanton says:
    Feb 17, 2017 6:23 PM
    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Feb 17, 2017 6:09 PM
    Please god Patriots fans give it a rest.

    Brady is the GOAT. He’s also a cheater.

    If the NFL had it out for the Patriots, they would have called defensive holding on Brandon Browner in the end zone in Super Bowl 48, and a chop block on the TD run in overtime in SB-51, and you would have lost 4 Super Bowls in a row.

    Just give it up. If the NFL had it out for you, you’d be the Vikings.

    ——

    Hahaha–another “if” guy.

    Every NFL game–and I mean EVERY one–has “ifs”.

    Winners don’t complain about them, but the losers do to psychologically move forward as a coping mechanism. They try to deny that they got beat by a better team.

    You know, like you’re doing now.
    ——————————————————————
    That’s completely NOT the point I was making but you’re a Deflatriots fan so….

    I guess by your logic you can’t deny that the Seahawks are the better team this year since they beat your beloved Patriots.

    In your stadium.
    Coming off a short week.
    When Bellicheck & Brady had 2 weeks to prepare.

    31-24.

  26. Judge gave him ” start status ” sentence. Under AZ law Extreme DUI whic is a BAC over .150 is automatic 30 days in jail. Floyd was, under AZ law, Extreme DUI. Which is a BAC over .200. For regular citizens that’s mandatory 45 days in jail. Right now tons of people convicted of extreme DUI and about to serve 45 days in jail are on the phone with their attorney. Yes. Floyd got special treatment. Extreme DUI is the worst of the worst of the worst a person can be charged with without causing bodily harm or destroying property

  27. A caviat. Yes with an ankle monitor on he may certainly leave home to go to work. As long as work is in the State of Arizona, of which, he may not leave while wearing an ankle monitor. So. Go figure.

  28. drool, even though I didn’t single-handedly win all of those Super Bowls, you were nice enough to refer to me as a “champion”. Killing us with kindness–good stuff.

    I look forward to the Pats/Steelers game at Heinz Field this year. You know it won’t be boring.

    Gloating Little Leaguer? I’ll own that one. I’m not a “snowflake” though–we definitely need to get that part straight.

  29. Nothing like rewarding extreme dui with a super bowl ring

    Nfl suspends players that are arrested for domestic disturbance right away but extreme dui? No big deal. Slap on the wrist later down the road

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