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NFL team releases star player after drunk driving charge

Texas NFL fans may have read that Michael Floyd was released by the Arizona Cardinals after being charged with DUI. The 27-year-old receiver was cut by the team less than 48 hours after being taken into custody during the early morning hours of Dec. 12. Floyd faces a two-game suspension should he be picked up by another team in addition to any criminal sanctions handed down.

According to a police report, Floyd's SUV was spotted by officers idling in a left turn lane in Scottsdale at about 2:48 a.m. The officers claim that the standout athlete was passed out in his vehicle and only persistent banging was able to rouse him. Floyd was said to be unable to maintain his balance after exiting his vehicle, and officers say that he showed signs of intoxication including slurred speech and bloodshot ans watery eyes. Reports indicate that Floyd refused to submit to a breath test at the scene and a blood test after being transported to a nearby police facility.

Floyd was involved in a number of drunk driving incidents while attending Notre Dame University, and some observers feel that this may have prompted the Cardinals to sever ties with their former first round draft pick. Floyd was a regular starter for the Cardinals and recorded 1,000 receiving yards during the 2013 NFL season.

Individuals who work in the public eye may suffer professional consequences after being charged with DUI even if their jobs do not involve driving. Experienced criminal defense attorneys may point this out to prosecutors during plea agreement discussions as they seek to have drunk driving charges reduced or dismissed. Attorneys could also question the actions of the police officers involved or dispute the validity of toxicology test results.

Source: ESPN, "Cardinals release WR Michael Floyd after arrest on DUI charge", Josh Weinfuss, Dec. 14, 2016

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