Michael Floyd apologizes for DUI amid post-title backlash from Cardinals fans
Former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd seems to be taking the high road with fans of his old team who are upset that he won a Super Bowl.
Appearing on ESPN Radio Sunday, Floyd talked about the angry responses he received from some Cardinals fans after winning Super Bowl LI with the New England Patriots.
“Random people just say the most crazy things, probably most of them were Arizona people,” Floyd said. “They just think I’m not sorry for what I did, or I disrespected Arizona. All I can say is I made a mistake. I’m sorry for what I did. I’m moving forward. I think some people didn’t want me to be successful. I think that’s just life. I think there are a lot of people out there that don’t want people to succeed. You just have to make the best of it. For me, I got on a team that loved me and I was actually successful.”
The Cardinals selected Floyd with the 13th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. On Dec. 12, police arrested Floyd in Scottsdale on suspicion of drunk driving. Two days later, the Cardinals released Floyd, and team president Michael Bidwill said Floyd did not apologize to the organization or show any remorse.
The Patriots claimed Floyd the next day. He caught five passes for 51 yards and one touchdown for New England during the regular season and was inactive for the Super Bowl. Still, he won a ring in the Pats’ 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
Some fans reacted with frustration that Floyd won a title after being released for breaking the law, and won one before Larry Fitzgerald. Floyd responded on Twitter a couple of days later.
On the radio Sunday morning, Floyd reiterated his remorse for falling asleep at the wheel after drinking.
“I made a dumb decision to drive,” Floyd said. “I thought I was OK and I fell asleep and I think the whole world knows what happened after that. It’s a dumb decision by an individual, you learn from it and move on.”
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