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Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd suspended after drunk driving arrest

March 22, 2011 | 11:52 am

Floyd Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd has been indefinitely suspended from the college football program.

According to WNDU, an NBC news affiliate in South Bend, Ind., Floyd was stopped and charged with drunk driving over the weekend. This is his third alcohol-related incident in the last two years, they said. He has two previous underage drinking citations from his home in Minnesota.

The St. Joseph County prosecutor's office said Floyd ran a stop sign at Notre Dame Avenue and Holy Cross Drive just before 3 a.m. Sunday. Seeing Floyd, Notre Dame Security Police pulled him over at Angela and Notre Dame Avenue just outside the entrance to campus.

His blood alcohol level was measured at 0.19, which is double the legal limit, authorities said.

In a statement on the school's athletic website, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said: “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.

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."

Floyd responded to Kelly and apologized for his behavior.

"I understand the gravity of the decision I made and how it could have had catastrophic effects on myself and others. 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 a better person and will need to regain the trust of all whom I have hurt within my immediate family and the Notre Dame family. I fully intend to spend the immediate future improving myself to become a better member of our community."

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-- Sarah Ardalani

Photo: Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd answering a question during NCAA college football media day, in South Bend, Ind. on Aug. 17. Credit: Joe Raymond / Associated Press

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