Michael Floyd statement says he was unaware Kombucha tea contains alcohol

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Michael Floyd released a statement through his agent, blaming his positive test on Kombucha tea. The statement says the receiver was unaware the drink contains alcohol.

As part of the conditions of his house arrest, Floyd was barred from drinking alcohol. He was arrested for DUI in Arizona in December, when police found him passed out behind the wheel of his car. He was subsequently cut by the Cardinals.

Floyd’s statement reads:

“Michael Floyd started his 96-day home monitoring on March 13, 2017. During this time period, Michael was tested a minimum of six times per day. For the first 90 days, Michael’s blood alcohol content was 0.0 for all of his 500 plus tests.

On June 10, 2017, Michael watched movies at his place of residence until 3:00 a.m. During that time, he drank several bottles of kombucha tea drinks, unaware that the drinks contain alcohol.

On June 11, 2017, at 5:30 a.m., Michael was tested and his blood alcohol content was .055. Michael was tested again at 5:54 a.m. and his blood alcohol content was down to .045. Michael was tested again at 6:23 a.m. and his blood alcohol content was .044. He then went back to sleep and missed a test at 6:33 a.m.

Michael was five days away from the end of his home monitoring. Prior to and after this incident, Michael has not had any alcohol whatsoever since the start of his home monitoring. Unfortunately, the kombucha teas that Michael did drink resulted in a positive blood alcohol content reading. As a result, the Court wishes to hear from Michael on June 26. At that time, Michael will have an opportunity to explain how this unfortunate test result happened.”

45 responses to “Michael Floyd statement says he was unaware Kombucha tea contains alcohol

  1. I didn’t know that stuff had alcohol in it. It’s possible that he is telling the truth. But it may not help him.

  2. Kombucha contains alcohol – about 0.5% alcohol. If he did indeed have a BAC of 0.05, there is no chance that it came from the Kombucha unless he drank literally a dozen bottles of it in rapid succession then was tested immediately after.

  3. Kombucha has the same alcohol content (or less) as non-alcoholic beer.

    He would have had to have drank a completely ridiculous amount in a very short period to be 2/3 of the way to legally drunk. And drinking that much liquid, even water, in such a short time can flat out kill you.

    Dude had a drink or few at some point that night.

  4. This may be the funniest excuse yet. It’s an instant classic … like “the dog ate my homework”.

  5. Sad. The guy is in denial. He has a serious problem with alcohol. Hope he squares it away quickly because he’s a good guy with loads of talent.

  6. On the one hand, 90 days and the finish line is a work week away, so it seems plausible.

    On the other hand, a very close friend of mine was 20 hours away from completing his one year probation and got a DUI in his driveway (the bar was in walking distance, maybe 1/3rd of a mile at the most).

    I was so mad and sad and all of that.

    Anything is possible even if it is mind boggling.

  7. Not a believable story. I hope the Vikings don’t wait until June 26 to determine if they should make an offer to Eric Decker.

  8. As many folks have commented, this explanation doesn’t hold water. Given the very low ABV of Kombucha, he would have had to have consumed gallons of the stuff right before the test to blow a 0.055.

    Guess he’s sticking with it, though.

  9. My roommate had a party at our house one time when I was on house arrest. I blew into the machine thinking I was good cause I hadn’t drank a drop in 2 or 3 weeks until the sheriff was knocking on the door saying I blew positive and was under arrest, I blew into the machine outside by his car and it read zeros. I would have tried that excuse if anything lol. I’m betting he won’t make it out of camp. I’m over weight and drink on weekends but I’m pretty sure for a few million dollars my mindset would change.

  10. I was excited when they signed Floyd but also nervous. I hope they just cut him and try to bring in Decker. I believe Floyd had a 1.5 million guaranteed contract with up to 6 million in incentives so I am guessing they don’t cut him yet and Decker will end up somewhere else. They wanted Floyd for a deep threat so not sure they have a lot of interest in Decker either. He is pretty similar to Adam Thielen.

  11. Do you know how many Kombucha teas would need to be imbibed for a man of his size to reach .045 (half the legal limit)?

    Over 20, at least.

  12. For him to have that BAC he would have to do a shot of tequila or possibly more… he’s a big boy. You would FEEL the alcohol. As others have posted there is no way Kombucha would do it.

  13. Floyd isn’t smart enough to come up with the Kombucha “defense”. Even that letter was clearly written by his lawyer.

    Unfortunately for Floyd and his lawyer, it’s clearly stated on the bottle that it contains only 0.5% alcohol which is extremely low. As others have pointed out, he would have had to have drunk over a dozen full bottles to get that BAC. Only a complete fool would buy this “defense”.

  14. Probably just did some math wrong and thought his 96 days were up and celebrated. Besides who stays up til 3.AM watching movies, don’t he gotta work out or something the next day

  15. It is one-eighth the alcohol of a light beer. You’d have to chug 8 to 12 of these in a row and you’d still be short of his readings. And chugging this stuff is like chugging vinegar. It ain’t happening.

  16. I’m just glad he is no longer sleeping it off in the middle of busy Scottsdale intersections.

  17. bencoates57 says:
    Jun 17, 2017 1:40 AM
    Clearly alcohol contributes to more deaths than opiates despite the mass hysteria. Maybe we should consider a Federal ban on alcohol.

    Yeah we should definitely try that again considering how well it worked out the last time.

  18. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Jun 16, 2017 7:38 PM
    Well, there goes the insurance policy for the busted Treadslow pick.


    Do some more research on TreadWELL instead acting like an you’re in the know. Treads is finally healthy from his devastating injury at Ol Miss, he’s ready to have a fine year. The kid is only 22 and hungry.
    He won’t have any problems against your lousy
    GB secondary this year!

  19. There are brands of Kombucha that have a higher alcohol level than those typically sold in Whole Foods and other health food stores in the probiotic drink section. But, the higher alcohol versions are specifically sold in the alcohol section of places like Whole Foods. They’re right next to the beer and wine. Did someone buy him some of these? Still, the alcohol level is just slightly higher—just enough to put it in the alcoholic beverage category and move these specific brands/types into the wine/beer section of the market.

    But if someone was home brewing the stuff, it’s possible to ratchet up the alcohol level to as high as a bottle of beer or higher.

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