Michael Floyd Could Face Mandatory Jail Time

Already set for a possible suspension from the NFL in 2017, Patriots wide receiver Michael Floyd could also face a mandatory 45-day jail sentence for his Dec. 12 DUI arrest in Scottsdale, per WEEI.

Michael Floyd

At the time of his arrest, Floyd had a blood alcohol level of .21, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08. Moreover, given that it exceeds .2, it qualifies as a Super Extreme DUI under Arizona law. In addition to serving jail time if convicted, Floyd would have to install an alcohol monitoring device in his car and avoid drinking alcohol for 90 days. Alcohol has long been a problem for Floyd, who had a previous DUI arrest while at Notre Dame in 2011.

Floyd’s latest arrest, video of which leaked via TMZ on Tuesday, led the Cardinals to release the fifth-year man and 2012 first-round pick. Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill then told the team’s radio network Sunday that Floyd showed “no remorse” and “was unapologetic,” which made it easier for the franchise to move on from him (via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic). The Patriots subsequently claimed Floyd on waivers, and head coach Bill Belichick indicated Wednesday that the latest details of the 27-year-old’s arrest won’t affect his standing with the team.

“Yeah, we were aware of his situation when we claimed him,” Belichick told reporters, including Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. “He’s in an ongoing legal situation I’m not going to comment on.”

Floyd practiced with the Patriots on Wednesday and might debut with the AFC East champions Sunday against the Jets. While Floyd could help the Pats’ offense as they vie for a fifth Super Bowl title in the Tom Brady/Belichick era, his legal issues will surely damage his stock if he gets to free agency in the offseason. On a less serious note, he has also experienced a dip in production this year, having caught 33 of 71 targets for 446 yards and four touchdowns.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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11 comments on “Michael Floyd Could Face Mandatory Jail Time

  1. Shawn

    Hopefully he realizes how lucky he is to be alive, and that no one was hurt. I’m intrigued to see if he makes the most of this second chance. NE is probably the best place for him to utilize his significant talents while getting his life back on track. I have one of those baseless fan feelings that he’s going to make a big catch or two for the Patriots this year. Even if he doesn’t there’s a good chance he has a Blount like resurgence next year. This is a classic Patriots move in that they have created the opportunity for significant upside through the routine process of restocking the depth chart.

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    • caryloyd

      He will be dead in 5 years if he doesn’t change. Alcoholism doesn’t get better with age.

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  2. TJECK109

    Amazing how Pats fans aren’t in an uproar over the lack of discipline on Floyd. I mean you bark about walkie talkie penalties but this guy is twice the legal limit and isn’t even on the suspended list for some reason. Guess Goodell is trying to make up with Kraft.

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    • DarkGhost

      If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck it isn’t a damn mongoose. The Patriots and there fans have shown us time and time again they are okay with cheating and rule breaking as long as it benefits them but not anybody else.

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      • Shawn

        You are 100% right. Here’s a great litmus test though. If you think SpyGate wasn’t cheating you’re a complete Patriot’s homer who doesn’t know how to think. However, If you think the patriots actually deflated those footballs illegally, then you’re merely a hater or ignorant to the facts. But you’re right the patriots are willing to cheat. They’ve done it in the past and I’m sure they will in the future. I’m not thrilled about that, but hey, I get to watch the team I root for play in the AFC championship game pretty much every year so…

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    • Shawn

      I hope Michael Floyd not only is suspended but that he goes to jail, but those things will happen after his day in court. I agree barking about a walkie talkie is ridiculous when the patriots perpetrated spy gate.

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  3. sals029

    Why isn’t he suspended right now?

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  4. Francisco

    Tell me when the NFL has suspended a player the week after an OUI arrest? They wait it out for some disposition. And lack of discipline was a previous comment…for someone that may be battling an alcohol addiction it’s hardly about discipline. For NE easy call if he performs and does well on and off field it’s worth it. If he screws up he is gone. Sure they will have key people in place around him. Let’s not forget formers players and coaches speak highly of him. Not like he was a locker room problem.

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  5. pickme123

    Such an idiot. Lucky to be alive.

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  6. pickme123

    And BTW, .21 and not suspended. My 6-year old relative realized a few days ago that things deflate in the cold (he had an inflatable ballon)… which leads me to say- Some gosh darn balls were a bit underinflated and the pats lost $, players, and their QB for 1/4 of the season.

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  7. Lenny Bruce

    Last I checked, our legal system doesn’t allow for simply throwing people in jail without their day in court.
    Spygate thing also stupid, every team doing it. But the lising team got their panties in a twist and cried wolf.
    Footballs deflate in cold weather. Simple physics. Goodriddance is a moron making $50 m per. Good to be Goodriddance. And good luck getting rid of this ambulance chaser.

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