The Minnesota Vikings wrote a letter in support of Michael Floyd’s defense motion arguing that he did not violate his probation by consuming alcohol, because all the alcohol consumed was in a few bottles of kombucha, according to a report from the Pioneer Press.
Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren reportedly wrote the letter, which was forwarded to a Scottsdale City Judge presiding over a motion calling for Floyd’s house arrest to continue to its scheduled conclusion without a show-cause hearing related to the alleged kombucha-related hiccup:
“I am writing to request Mr. Floyd not have his court mandated requirements negatively impacted since he did not know the kombucha he ingested contained alcohol,” Warren wrote in the June 21 letter, which was cc’d to Vikings president Mark Wilf, general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer.
In his letter, Warren explained how kombucha tea is “utilized by many professional athletes as a probiotic and is available at our facility on a daily basis.”
As previously noted, nearly all kombucha on the U.S. market is 0.5 ABV or lower, although the Vikings apparently have kombucha available “on tap” at their headquarters at Winter Park. Maybe they’re just brewing up stronger stuff?