FOXBORO -- The video of Michael Floyd's DUI arrest last week, released on Tuesday night, was consistent with what had been found in the police report following the incident: He was passed out behind the wheel of his Cadillac Escalade, and he had "great difficulty," the police report noted, responding and complying to commands. Floyd had trouble speaking, and at one point when officers asked, it appeared as though he was unaware of where he was at the time of the arrest.
With visual documentation of Floyd's arrest now available, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked in a press conference Wednesday morning if he would have decided not to claim Floyd off of waivers had he seen the footage beforehand.
"Yeah, we were aware of his situation when we claimed him," Belichick replied. "We were aware of the situation before we claimed him. He's in an ongoing legal situation."
Floyd was cited for DUI while at the University of Notre Dame in 2011, and after his latest arrest questions have followed wondering if Floyd needs time to get treatment for any alcohol-related issues he may have.
Asked if the Patriots have any programs in place for players dealing with those kinds of off-the-field problems, Belichick did not go into detail, but he indicated that they do.
"We have a lot of things on our team to handle a multitude of things that players, coaches, anybody in our organization really, that could come up," Belichick said. "There are a lot of things outside of football that we all deal with. It's a long, long list and we provide a lot of resources for everybody on that. Absolutely. Without a doubt."
The video of Floyd's arrest will apparently have no impact on Floyd's standing with the Patriots. Belichick said the team looked forward to practicing with the 6-foot-3, 220-pound wideout later in the day on Wednesdsay.
"We'll practice today . . . see where we're at," Belichick said.
Floyd was claimed by the Patriots on Thursday after being released by the Cardinals the day before. He was arrested early Monday morning, and Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said that the organization did not appreciate the way Floyd handled the aftermath of his arrest, prompting the decision to release him.