Former Arizona Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd pleads guilty in DUI case
PHOENIX — Former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd has pleaded guilty in his Scottsdale DUI case from late last year, court records showed.
Floyd agreed to plead guilty to one count of extreme DUI — the other six charges against him were dropped. Documents showed Floyd would serve 24 days — during most of which he will be released for 12 hours per day — inside a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office facility and the other 96 days on home detention.
KTAR News 92.3 FM’s legal analyst Monica Lindstrom, who specializes in DUI cases, said Floyd’s sentence is standard for someone convicted of a second DUI.
“This is a very typical sentence for a second time extreme DUI,” she said.
He will also be required to take an alcohol class, pay more than $5,000 in fines and perform 30 hours of community service. If he fails to meet the court’s demands, Lindstrom said he could be back behind bars.
“He may have to serve more jail time if he doesn’t complete all the other requirements that the judge put on him,” she said.
The Cardinals opted to part ways with Floyd back in December following his arrest. Team president Michael Bidwill said Floyd did not apologize to the organization or show any remorse when the decision was made to cut him.
Floyd was later signed by the New England Patriots, who went on to win the Super Bowl. The receiver apologized for his arrest following the win.
“Random people just say the most crazy things, probably most of them were Arizona people,” Floyd told ESPN Radio. “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 DUI was not the first time the wide receiver has run into a problem due to alcohol, as he was suspended during his time in college at Notre Dame after being cited for drunken driving.
KTAR News’ Corbin Carson and Martha Maurer contributed to this report.