FOXBOROUGH — Receiver Michael Floyd spoke Thursday for the first time since joining the Patriots following his arrest and subsequent release from the Arizona Cardinals last week.
“I think in life, everyone makes mistakes. I couldn’t be in a better position right now with this team,” he said.
Floyd said he has found the Patriots to be a “family-oriented” organization and that he has been focused on getting ready to play the Jets on Saturday, not on his arrest.
“I’m trying not to think about it,” Floyd said. “You know, kind of the coaches and the players that are on the team are trying to keep me focused, and I’m keeping myself focused on the task at hand, which is playing on Saturday and getting ready for that, and that’s what I’ve been doing so far.”
Earlier Thursday, speaking to reporters for the first time since Floyd’s blood-alcohol content test results were released, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he hadn’t seen them before the Patriots claimed the wide receiver off waivers Dec. 15.
“No, not if it was just released,” Belichick said.
According to police in Scottsdale, Ariz., Floyd registered a .217 BAC, close to three times the legal limit and considered a “Super Extreme DUI” under Arizona law, at the time of his arrest early Dec. 12.
Belichick wouldn’t say whether or not the test results changed his opinion of Floyd. It was already known that Floyd had been arrested for DUI when he was cut by the Cardinals.
“I can’t comment on his legal situation,” Belichick said.
An arrest video of Floyd, groggy and initially unresponsive to police after he fell asleep behind the wheel of his SUV at a traffic light, was reported by TMZ on Tuesday and the police report including Floyd’s BAC was released Wednesday, after Belichick’s morning news conference.
Floyd was asked if he had seen the video, and indicated that he hadn’t.
“I haven’t been on social media,” he said.
He was also asked why he’d drive in such a state.
“It’s a choice,” Floyd answered. “And that’s all I can do is learn from that and move forward.”
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said via e-mail that the NFL is “reviewing everything related to the incident,” which would include whether or not Floyd had been drinking on the Cardinals’ team plane on its way back from Miami several hours before his arrest.
Floyd was also arrested for DUI in 2011 while at Notre Dame. He said he knows he’s running out of chances.
“Oh yes, and I think being in the NFL and being in the spotlight, obviously people see you differently than any other people, people out there and you have certain things that you only have a certain amount of chances,” Floyd said. “I think that with this, them bringing me in here is a calling that mistakes can’t happen when you’re in the spotlight and I’m just glad and I’m excited that I’m a Patriot and I’m here.”
Quarterback Tom Brady said he has had limited practice time with Floyd, who was on the field with the team for Thursday’s session. Floyd was inactive Sunday in Denver, though he did travel with the team.
“He’s only been here for a short period of time so there’s a lot to catch up on, especially as a receiver in our offense, but he’s working hard at it,” Brady said.
It wasn’t lost on Floyd that his circumstances landed him with a Super Bowl contender. “This is what it’s like to be a Patriot?” he said, as reporters gathered around his locker. “Woo.”
Later, Floyd said that he’s happy to be in the hunt with a winning team.
“I’m excited. I couldn’t be in a better place. You always, just being on a different team you see how they do things, how they go about and how they win all the time and I’m grateful to be here,” Floyd said.
Floyd said he didn’t have much to say about Cardinals owner Michael Bidwell saying he was disappointed that Floyd hadn’t expressed much remorse and was “unapologetic” after his arrest.
“I love that organization. They treated me very well. I really don’t have too big of a comment [on Bidwell] saying that. I’m glad that I’m here, I’m in a good place right now mentally. These guys brought me in as family.”
The NFL can suspend players who admit to breaking the law before they have been tried or convicted by a court, and ESPN reported that Floyd is expected to face a multigame suspension in 2017.
A first-time DUI suspension typically garners a two-game suspension, per NFL rules, but suspensions can be longer when there are aggravating circumstances, including extreme intoxication, which is defined by the NFL as a BAC of .15 or higher.