Gators Callaway Suspended Again Along with Six Others
The University of Florida Football team will be without their best wide receiver and six of his teammates come September 2nd when the Gators open their season vs. Michigan at Jerry World near Dallas, Texas. And it wouldn't be surprising if that alone will be enough to cost them the game.
The headliner for this group of misfits is sophomore WR Antonio Callaway who has now accumulated 3 brushes with the legal system in less than three years of time.
Callaway, OL Kadeem Telfort, LB's Ventrell Miller and James Houston along with DL's Jordan Smith, Richerd Desir-Jones and Keivonnis Davis were all ordered to sit out game #1 after it was discovered they were using their Student ID's to make improper charges--then immediately reselling the items they purchased for cash.
The headliner in all of this is Callaway, a talented but oft troubled WR who was accused of sexual assault in December 2015, confessed to being so high on Marijuana he couldn't have done anything. He was later cleared and returned to the team ironically just before the 2016 season began. (Hmmmmm?)
Just a couple months ago Callaway was cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession after being involved in a traffic stop where police smelled and then found marijuana in the car he was a passenger in with a 40-year old Gainesville man.
The charges were dropped after a plea deal with Alachua County prosecutors and Callaway paid a $301 fine.
It's hard to say from the outside--but it would appear from a distance that Mr. Callaway has a problem the Gators and Head Coach Jim McElwain don't seem willing to address. McElwain just said his star WR has already been punished internally and will only be suspended for Game #1....
His statement from the Gators website: We have a small group of players that have made some choices that are extremely disappointing. Action has been taken – they have missed some practice and will miss the Michigan game. We will use this as a learning opportunity and we will have some players step up as we move forward."
Um, okay coach, if you don't see a trend here than maybe it is us. The question we have is whether this is the end of it....or only another in a long list of slapping the wrists of a player who seems to need a bit more help....