The New England Patriots made their statement in standing by wide receiver Michael Floyd, despite the possibility of facing jail time. Floyd faces the mandatory 45-days in jail for his BAC record of .21, which he doubled from the restricted limit of .08.
TMZ reports that Scottsdale PD released Floyd’s BAC results, which ultimately scored a record high aside from his rushing yards. With the results, authorities will file new charges against Floyd which includes Extreme DUI and Super Extreme DUI, respectively.
What happens to Floyd with the new charges?
Between the two new charges, the second worry Floyd as it carries a mandatory jail time of 45 days. Aside from that, Floyd gets a monitoring device and is not allowed to drink any alcohol beverage for 90 days.
With the charges, it dismisses Floyd’s claim that he only had a couple of drinks at the time of his arrest. It would be remembered that police officers found Floyd fast asleep behind the wheels of his car in an intersection. He got initially charged with two counts of DUI, obstructing a roadway, and failure to obey an officer.
At the time of his arrest, Floyd was inconsistent with his alibis. First, he said having a couple of shots before he picks up a nephew. Floyd then changed his story saying he drank on board a plane coming back from Miami. Officers noted Floyd is slurring his speech and had a strong smell of alcohol all over him.
What the Patriots say?
With the DUI incident, the Arizona Cardinals cut ties with him, saying it was just the “tip of the iceberg.” Then the Patriots acquired him through waivers and stated they want to give Floyd a second chance. That reasoning still stands despite the new revelations in his case.
Patriots’ Coach Bill Belichick says the team knows about all that there is to know about Floyd’s case. But Belichick insisted that the team will keep the embattled player despite the circumstances.
“We were aware of the situation when we claimed him,” Belichick said. “[Floyd is] in an ongoing legal situation that I’m not going to comment on.”
The Patriots clearly need Floyd at his position and carry a crucial role in the team’s playoff run this year. Cardinals’ team president Michael Bidwell stated that Floyd showed no remorse for the incident, which shocked him. Bidwell stressed that even when the Cardinals final decision to cut him off the team, Floyd remained unapologetic.
It is still uncertain if Belichick will give Floyd an active role when the Patriots take on the New York Jets this weekend. After that, the Patriots close their regular season with a match against the Dolphins.
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