Minnesota Vikings defend Michael Floyd’s kombucha tea defense

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 13: Michael Floyd
GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 13: Michael Floyd /

Michael Floyd is facing further legal troubles for violating probation. His defense is now backed by the Minnesota Vikings front office.

The Minnesota Vikings recently came to the defense of new wide receiver Michael Floyd. The  27-year-old receiver is scheduled for a hearing in Scottsdale Arizona for failing several breathalyzer tests on June 11th. Consuming any alcohol is a direct violation of his house arrest.

Floyd has maintained the defense that he drank kombucha tea. The tea caused him to test positive and he did not know that it contained alcohol. This defense is his only chance at staying out of jail and having any shot at playing with the Minnesota Vikings next season.

Here is a statement from Tom Pelissero of USA Today provided from Floyd’s agent:

This most important point his agent made is that Floyd was five days away from his home monitoring being over.  With so much to lose it seems unlikely that he would risk drinking alcohol being so close to the end of being monitored. But with his history, no one knows for sure.

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Vikings backing Floyd

The Minnesota Vikings just strengthened Floyd’s defense by backing up everything he has said so far. Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren wrote several statement in a letter to Floyd’s agent for the defense motion.

Warren said the following in the letter as reported by the Pioneer Press.

"“I am writing to request Mr. Floyd not have his court mandated requirements negatively impacted since he did not know the kombucha he ingested contained alcohol,” Warren wrote in the June 21 letter, which was cc’d to Vikings president Mark Wilf, general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer."

Warren then went on to talk about the Vikings use of the tea.

"“utilized by many professional athletes as a probiotic and is available at our facility on a daily basis.”"

In regards to how the Vikings feel about Floyd personally, Warren also wrote.

"“In closing, since Michael has joined our team, he has displayed a strong work ethic, a compliant attitude and professionalism,”"

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These statements show that the Minnesota Vikings are behind Michael Floyd 100 percent and feel comfortable moving forward with him. If they had any reservations the front office would not put themselves in the way of legal trouble for a receiver they took a chance on.