Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd tested positive for alcohol less than a week before his court-ordered home monitoring was due to end, according to multiple reports and later confirmed by Floyd in a statement.
Floyd is under house arrest as part of the sentencing stemming from his Arizona DUI arrest in December of 2016.
After initially proclaiming the failed tese as "totally false," Floyd released a statement confirming that he did in fact fail the test for any traces of alcohol. He cited the fact that "he drank several bottles of kombucha tea drinks, unaware that the drinks contain alcohol," as an explanation for the positive tests.
Floyd's statement in full, per ESPN's Adam Schefter:
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.
Floyd initially decried the report from TMZ Sports of his failed tests as false when questioned about it at a fundraiser hosted by Twins first baseman Joe Mauer at Target Field Friday.
"Totally false," Floyd said. "The whole thing is false. You can't believe everything TMZ says."
Floyd may be subjected to jail time if it is found that he violated the terms of his house arrest. After being Cardinals soon after the arrest, and then picked up by the Patriots. He spent the postseason on New England's roster but did not play in the Super Bowl victory.at a traffic light last December, Floyd was charged with two counts of DUI, one count of obstructing a roadway and one count of failure to obey a police officer. He was released by the
In February, Floyd was found guilty of extreme DUI and sentenced to 24 days in jail and 96 days of house arrest. He signed with the Vikings in early May, noting that he has been "training extremely hard this offseason in addition to taking responsibility and paying the consequences for my mistake."