Michael Floyd went from being released by the Arizona Cardinals after his drunk driving arrest in December to a Super Bowl champion with the Patriots two months later. And he's seen that it made some people angry.
After tweeting a picture of himself smooching the Lombardi Trophy as it made its way to the podium last week in Houston, Floyd (who was inactive for the Patriots' comeback victory over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI) followed up the next day with his reaction to fans' criticism.
Damn I just realized ppl are really mad that I got a ring. I thought everyone would be happy for me. Oh well. I'm a champion!!— MichaelFloyd (@MichaelMFloyd) February 7, 2017
Floyd, set to become a free agent this offseason after four regular-season games and one playoff game with the Pats, elaborated on it again Sunday in an ESPN Radio interview that included his old Notre Dame teammate Mike Golic Jr. as one of the hosts:
Random people just say the most crazy things, probably most of them were Arizona people,” Floyd said. “They just think I’m not sorry for what I did, or I disrespected Arizona. All I can say is I made a mistake. I’m sorry for what I did. I’m moving forward. I think some people didn’t want me to be successful. I think that’s just life. I think there are a lot of people out there that don’t want people to succeed. You just have to make the best of it. For me, I got on a team that loved me and I was actually successful.
Floyd again lamented his "dumb decision." He had a blood-alcohol level of .217 when he was arrested in Arizona, which qualifies as "Super Extreme DUI" under Arizona law. He had another DUI arrest in 2011 while at Notre Dame.
“I made a dumb decision to drive,” Floyd said. “I thought I was OK and I fell asleep and I think the whole world knows what happened after that. It’s a dumb decision by an individual, you learn from it and move on.”