The National Football League (NFL) imposed a four-game suspension on Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd for violating the league’s Policy and Program for Substance Abuse, the NFL announced on Friday, July 2017.
The 27-year-old Notre Dame-product Michael Floyd will be missing the first four games of the 2017 NFL regular season. However, the good thing is that Floyd is still eligible to take part in the preseason practices and games.
The Vikings wide receiver pled guilty to an extreme driving under the influence (DUI) case back in December 2016 in Arizona, a sentencing that concluded his five-year stint with the Cardinals.
After concluding the 2016 season campaign with New England Patriots and signing with the Minnesota in May 2017, the Floyd failed an alcohol test during his house arrest in June. However, he attributed the failed alcohol test to drinking kombucha tea, the fermented tea drink that contains a small amount of alcohol.
“Do I believe it? I don’t know how much tea he drank. I have no clue,” The Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said this week prior to the suspension was impose. “I don’t have any doubt why there’d be skepticism, but he told me that he wasn’t (drinking). That it was legit.”
A four-game suspension was anticipated, but it’s obvious that Floyd is on thin ice with his current team. The Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said on Thursday, July 13, that if Floyd is caught lying regarding the kombucha tea causing the failed test, he would release the wideout.
Zimmer said he also told the receiver: “If I find out you’re lying to me, I’m going to cut you.”
Floyd pleaded guilty to extreme DUI back in February after Scottsdale police officer found him unconscious behind the wheel of his SUV in December 2017. Floyd served the first 24 days of his 120-day sentence behind the steel bars at a county facility before spending the final 96 days in home confinement, according to legal court records.
Additionally, Floyd was ordered not to drink any liquor, undergo alcohol counseling, carry out 30 hours of community service and pay a total of $5,115.99 fine.
With the four-game suspension he is serving, Floyd’s first regular-season game with the Minnesota would be on Monday, October 9 at Chicago against the Bears.
Floyd’s first home game start for the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium would come on October 15 against Green Bay Packers.