Beleaguered Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge on Wednesday. The receiver was sentenced to a year of probation and will have his license revoked for 90 days according to ESPN. Floyd faced a maximum penalty of a year in jail.
After the hearing, his lawyer, William Stanley, addressed the press and defended his client’s conduct during the ordeal.
"Never once did he ever try to give an excuse as to his actions or ever try to mitigate the seriousness of the offence," he said.
The 21 year-old was also fined $200 and ordered to go to a Victim’s Impact Panel to listen to hear from those who lost family members in drunken driving accidents.
After Floyd gets his license back a St. Joseph County Judge ordered to have a car breathalyzer installed in his automobile that will prevent him from starting his vehicle if his blood alcohol level is too high.
Floyd’s BAC (blood alcohol content) was 0.19 percent, double Indiana’s legal limit when the Notre Dame star was arrested on March 20 for running a stop sign near the school.
The player has a history of run-ins with the law for alcohol consumption. He was cited twice in his home state of Minnesota for underage drinking in 2009 and 2010.
Despite his suspension off the field coach Brian Kelly is allowing Floyd to take part in team workouts and possibly work his way back on the squad.
"If he meets the conditions I have outlined to him and he demonstrates improved decision-making skills, Michael will have the opportunity to rejoin the team for practices and games this fall," Kelly said. "If he doesn't meet every criteria given to him, Michael will not play for Notre Dame in 2011."
Floyd’s status is uncertain however and there is no date set for his return.