ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Vikings are covering Michael Floyd’s flank in his kombucha tea defense as the wide receiver prepares to face an Arizona judge Monday to explain how he violated house arrest by accidentally ingesting alcohol.
Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren wrote a letter to Floyd’s attorney, Robert Feinberg, who attached it to a defense motion urging Scottsdale City Judge Statia Hendrix to cancel the hearing and reinstate electronic monitoring for the last five days of Floyd’s 96-day home confinement.
Warren corroborates Floyd’s claim that he was unaware kombucha tea contained alcohol when he drank several bottles while watching movies late into the early morning of June 11 at the Minnesota house of Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, his former college roommate at Notre Dame.
The wideout later failed three self-administered Breathalyzer tests and was ordered by Hendrix to appear Monday and prove he did not violate probation from his February extreme DUI conviction — a violation that could land Floyd back in jail.
“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.
Floyd said in a sworn affidavit the Vikings encourage their players to consume kombucha tea as a health drink, and that it is served “on tap” at Winter…
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