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Michael Floyd was a first-round pick for the Arizona Cardinals
Michael Floyd was a first-round pick for the Arizona Cardinals. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Police in Scottsdale, Arizona say New England Patriots receiver Michael Floyd had a blood alcohol content of .217 when he was arrested for suspicion of DUI last week. This means Floyd could receive jail time for what the state calls a “super extreme DUI.” The legal blood-alcohol limit in Arizona is 0.08, meaning Floyd was nearly three times over the limit. 

Floyd, then a member of the Arizona Cardinals, was arrested on 12 December hours after the Cardinals lost a game to the Miami Dolphins. He was found asleep at the wheel of his car – with the engine still running – at a traffic signal. The Cardinals cut him two days later and he was picked up by New England in a move that received some dubious applause from NFL observers, given the potential of Floyd, a former first-round pick.   

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Under Arizona law, someone with BAC of more than .20 is subject to automatic jail time. Phoenix Suns player PJ Tucker spent three days in jail for an extreme DUI in 2014.

The Patriots said they were aware of the details regarding Floyd’s arrest when they signed him last week. “Yeah, we were aware of his situation when we claimed him,” the Patriots coach Bill Belichick said on Wednesday. “He’s in an ongoing legal situation [that] I’m not going to comment on.”

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