Michael Floyd on lifestyle changes with Patriots: ‘I kind of act like I’m broke’
Jan 11, 2017, 6:46 PM | Updated: Jan 12, 2017, 11:40 am
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Former Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd isn’t getting out much following his December DUI arrest.
As his New England Patriots prepare for a playoff game against the Texans, it instead sounds as if Floyd is taking the advice of Cardinals president Michael Bidwill. Following Floyd’s arrest and release from Arizona in December, Bidwill criticized Floyd’s “approach” and said the Cardinals’ lesson to be learned was to “pay attention to your profession seven days a week.”
Floyd says he is sticking to a football-only lifestyle. He told The Boston Globe he’s not even visited the city of Boston, spending all of his time at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots’ practice facility and his hotel room nearby.
“I like it. It’s kind of a place for me. Not too many things to do around here. That’s good for me,” Floyd said.
“I’m not into going sightseeing. I don’t really care. I’m here for one reason.”
He doesn’t want to talk about the arrest. When asked if he has had a drink of alcohol since coming to New England, Floyd ended the interview. Before that, he said he’s living a simple life right now.
“I kind of act like I’m broke, so, that’s how I am,” he said. “I can really actually just focus in on football and I can get to work in less than three minutes, so I really like it.”
Floyd was arrested early on Dec. 12 for falling asleep at a stoplight in Scottsdale following Arizona’s return from a trip to Miami. Police recorded a blood alcohol content of 0.21.
The team released Floyd two days later and he was claimed off the waiver wire by New England.
That week, Bidwill indicated the team was unhappy with how Floyd showed little remorse for his DUI arrest and also that the receiver had previously shown signs of lacking focus when it came to football.
“We asked him to proactively address this, we had multiple conversations with him, with his agent, they just didn’t want to do that,” Bidwill said on Dec. 18. “We decided, you know what, we’re moving on.
“I hope he gets healthy. I like him personally,” Bidwill added. “He’s a great kid. I was really disappointed with how he handled this and you know, how he was handling his approach to the game, his approach to conditioning and approach to things, and I think it was affecting him, some of his issues were affecting him on the field.”