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Vikings' Michael Floyd Blames Kombucha Tea For Positive Alcohol Test

A general view of the Minnesota Vikings stadium.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 4: A general view of player introductions before the game between the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Michael Floyd issued an official statement after failing his court-ordered alcohol test.

Earlier today a report surfaced that Vikings' wide receiver Michael Floyd had failed an alcohol test while on house arrest.

The positive test could potentially lead to jail time, as Floyd was prohibited from consuming alcohol while under house arrest. The punishment stems from a December 2016 arrest where Floyd was found passed out behind the wheel of a car.

Floyd claims the positive alcohol test came from his consumption of kombucha tea, as he was "unaware" that the drink contains alcohol.

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:

Michael Floyd Statement on today's news

Michael Floyd started his 96-day home monitoring on March 13, 2017. During this time period, Michael was tested a minimum of six times per day. For the first 90 days, Michael’s blood alcohol content was 0.0 for all of his 500 plus tests.

On June 10, 2017, Michael watched movies at his place of residence until 3:00 a.m. During that time, he drank several bottles of kombucha tea drinks, unaware that the drinks contain alcohol.

On June 11, 2017 at 5:30 a.m., Michael was tested and his blood alcohol content was .055. Michael was tested again at 5:54 a.m. and his blood alcohol content was down to .045. Michael was tested again at 6:23 a.m. and his blood alcohol content was .044. He then went back to sleep and missed a test at 6:33 a.m.

Michael was five days away from the end of his home monitoring. Prior to and after this incident, Michael has not had any alcohol whatsoever since the start of his home monitoring. Unfortunately, the kombucha teas that Michael did drink resulted in a positive blood alcohol content reading. As a result, the Court wishes to hear from Michael on June 26. At that time, Michael will have an opportunity to explain how this unfortunate test result happened.

Floyd faces a court date sometime next week.