Scottsdale police body-camera video of Michael Floyd’s arrest during a traffic stop on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Scottsdale Police Department

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has spoken out about Michael Floyd violating the terms of his house arrest.

Last month, Floyd, a former Cardinals wide receiver, said that he failed his alcohol test because he had drank a large amount of kombucha tea.

He was ordered to spend a day in jail over the failed test. He was on house arrest after pleading guilty to drunken driving earlier this year.

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Zimmer talked to the St. Paul Pioneer Press about the tea defense:

“Do I believe it? I don’t know how much tea he drank. I have no clue, he said. “I don’t have any doubt why there’d be skepticism, but he told me that he wasn’t (drinking). That it was legit.”

“I said, ‘If I find out you’re lying to me, I’m going to cut you,’ ” the Vikings coach added.


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Floyd has been publicly supported by the Vikings. 

Last month, Rick Spielman, the team’s general manager, said the Vikings expected Floyd to be with the team when it started training camp on July 26.

Floyd was arrested on suspicion of extreme DUI in Scottsdale last December. Blood test results showed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.217 percent, nearly three times the legal limit.

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He pleaded guilty to the extreme DUI charge in February.

The Cardinals cut Floyd shortly after his arrest.

He played briefly for the New England Patriots at the end of last season before being picked up in the offseason by the Vikings.

Kombucha tea often carries an alcohol by volume of 0.5 percent or less, but the alcohol level can rise the longer it sits on the shelf. The tea often has live yeast inside, which can ferment and give the drink have a higher alcohol by volume. 

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USA TODAY Sports contributed to this story.

azcentral’s Robert Gundran contributed to this story.


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