New England Patriots wide receiver Michael Floyd plead guilty to extreme DUI after his December arrest in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Floyd, who was with the Arizona Cardinals at the time of his arrest, was initially charged with seven counts of extreme DUI. He plead guilty to one count Thursday and the other six charges were dismissed. He was sentenced to 120 days in jail with 24 days to be served at a Maricopa County (Arizona) facility. The remaining 96 days of his sentence will be served in home detention.
Floyd must also perform 30 hours of community service and pay a $5,115.99 fine.
According to police, Floyd was found unconscious behind the wheel of his Cadillac Escalade at a Scottsdale intersection on the morning of Dec. 12. He sat through at least two green lights while passed out behind the wheel. Officers barricaded Floyd’s vehicle between their cars in an attempt to wake him up.
Police said the vehicle was running and Floyd’s foot was on the brake. Floyd initially told police that he left his home in Scottsdale to pick up his nephew from the airport. At first, he said he only had one drink but later told police he had two.
Authorities also said Floyd’s story changed from drinking on the Cardinals team flight after a game against the Miami Dolphins and having a drink at the W. Scottsdale. Floyd finally “settled” on drinking wine on the team plane. He also said he was taking a blood-thinning medication.
Floyd’s blood alcohol level was .21, more than twice the legal limit.
The Cardinals released Floyd two days after his arrest. He was claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots the same day. Floyd appeared the Patriots’ final two regular season games and AFC Divisional Playoff win against the Houston Texans. He was deactivated for the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl LI. He will still get a Super Bowl ring despite being inactive for the game.
Floyd had at least three alcohol related brushes with the law in college at Notre Dame. Despite that, the Cardinals drafted him 13th overall in the 2012 draft. He had 33 receptions for 446 yards and four touchdowns before the Cardinals released him. This was a far cry from the 52 receptions for 849 yards and six touchdowns in 2015.
He had four receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown in 2 games for the Patriots.
Floyd will be a free agent in March unless he re-signs with the Patriots. He faces suspension for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy because of the guilty plea.