Monday, March 21, 2011
Posted 3:15 p.m. Updated 5:19 p.m.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP)Authorities say Notre Dame star wide receiver Michael Floyd had a blood-alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit for driving when he was pulled over by campus police this past weekend.
Floyd was stopped after he ran a stop sign with the white Cadillac he was driving and was charged with suspicion of drunken driving.
"First of all, I want to apologize to my family, friends, teammates, coaches, the University and the extended Notre Dame family for my behavior this weekend. I understand the gravity of the decision I made and how it could have had catastrophic effects on myself and others," Floyd said in a statement released by the university Monday.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has decided to suspend the receiver indefinitely.
"I've spoken to Michael Floyd and his mother and, in light of what took place this past weekend, I let him know he has been suspended indefinitely from football team-related activities. Football needs to take a backseat at the moment while Michael gets his life in order, and while I don't know when Michael will be reinstated, it will not happen until Michael demonstrates he has successfully modified his behavior and the legal and university disciplinary matters have run their respective courses," Kelly said in the statement.
"What's most important right now is Michael focusing on maturing and developing more as a person while working to improve his decision-making processes."
"I've talked to Coach Kelly and I accept the decision he made. I absolutely recognize that I have many things to work on to become abetter person and will need to regain the trust of all whom I have hurt within my immediate family and the Notre Dame family," Floyd continued.
St. Joseph County deputy prosecutor Chris Daniels says in a probable cause affidavit filed Monday that Floyd had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent. Indianas legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent. Daniels also says Floyd failed three field sobriety tests.
Floyd was stopped near the schools main entrance at 3:18 a.m. Sunday and charged with a misdemeanor count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. It carries a maximum sentence of a year in jail.
The Associated Press sent an e-mail to Floyd seeking comment. The school says it is aware of the incident.
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