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Floyd reaches plea agreement on drunk driving charge

Jun 29, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

Mike Floyd Court

It appears the legal portion of Michael Floyd’s wayward journey back to the football field is complete. The senior wide receiver appeared in St. Joseph County Traffic and Misdemeanor Court and pleaded guilty to one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

According to multiple reports, Floyd’s driver’s license will be suspended 90 days. He’ll also be required to use an ignition lock for six months, a device that tests for alcohol on the driver’s breath. He’ll also pay court costs, a fine of $200, and he’ll attend a Victim Impact Panel.

“Michael wasn’t treated any differently than anybody else,” Floyd’s attorney, William Stanley said.

There likely won’t be any report out of the Notre Dame football offices, as the legal proceedings were just one of the many factors that head coach Brian Kelly will look at when evaluating whether or not his leading wide receiver will be welcomed back to the football team. Kelly is already on the record as saying he’s optimistic Floyd will be there when the Irish face South Florida, and Stanley mentioned some of the things Floyd’s been doing to help his cause.

“He went through his counseling at Notre Dame,” Stanley said, as reported by the South Bend Tribune. “He actually did over 30 hours of community service voluntarily with a youth group in Minnesota when he went home for the break, and I got a very nice letter from the director of the program. He talked to young kids about the importance of academics and lessons of life that he’s learned.

“I will say this on Michael’s behalf, obviously what he did back in March was very poor judgment. It was a terrible mistake on his part, but never once did he try to give me an excuse for his actions or ever try to mitigate the seriousness of the offense. I was very impressed by that.”

With the court case resolved and fall camp not in session until August, Floyd will go back to summer school and continue working out unofficially with his teammates, workouts that’ll likely help the one-time co-captain of the team in reestablishing his leadership role.

If you had to wager on it, expect Brian Kelly’s next update on the school’s all-time touchdown catch leader when he addresses the media at the start of fall camp.

 

  1. bradwins - Jun 29, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Michael is a good kid that made a mistake. The instances in which he has demonstrated maturity have far outnumbered those in which he has not. I am happy for Michael that he is one step closer to closing this chapter in his life, and I look forward to watching him on Saturdays this fall.

  2. paiten34 - Jun 29, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    This was just about what I expected from the legal portion of Floyds situation. I don’t think Michael has gotten off easy with any of this since this all started. Working with youth to help them keep out of trouble is good for all parties. Floyd being suspended from driving and football will give him the time to think about his mistakes and approve himself.

    Everyone seams to think Floyd has been given a pass because coach Kelly hasn’t suspended him from games. By the time the season starts Floyd will have been suspended from football activites for 5 or 6 months. Now he might not miss a game but not being able to practice with your team is a big punishment. Anyone who has played football knows this. Missing 1 or two games means little in the grand plan.

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