Vikings officials say they encouraged Floyd to drink fermented tea called kombucha, which he says was the reason he was flagged for drinking alcohol and violating terms of his house arrest.
After being arrested for DUI last December in Scottsdale, Ariz., Floyd served 24 days in jail and was sentenced to 96 days of house arrest.
In his letter, Warren explained that many pro athletes use kombucha as a probiotic and that it is available daily at the Vikings' facility.
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He was placed on house arrest as part of the sentence he received in February. Floyd was sentenced to one additional day in jail, and he will have to serve the five remaining days of his house arrest, according to ESPN's Josh Weinfuss. The Vikings quietly began scouting the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Floyd, who was the first-round draft pick of the Cardinals in 2012, with Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer visiting him for extensive conversations.
"After falling asleep, I awoke to the beeping of the home-monitoring machine, signaling that I must complete a test", Floyd said.
Halfway through the bottle, the breathalyzer registered a.012 blood alcohol content. The violation could land Floyd back in jail. Floyd was signed just 47 days ago.
Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren wrote a letter backing Floyd's claim that he did not know kombucha tea contained alcohol, the newspaper reported.