(Berea) - Antonio Callaway, a rookie wideout for the Cleveland Browns and University of Florida alum, was stopped for a traffic violation at 2:59 a.m. in Strongsville, Ohio on Sunday morning and was cited for both marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license.
Officer Eric Schubert reported "a small amount" of marijuana was found under the driver's seat of his car. The amount was small enough to be recorded as a minor misdemeanor offense under Ohio state law.
The Browns released a statement shortly after the news broke.
"We're aware of the citation are in the process of gathering more information and will comment further at the appropriate time," the statement read.
Callaway previously found himself in legal trouble during his time at the University of Florida, where he was suspended by the team for six months from January-June 2016 after a woman came forward with sexual assault allegations against Harris from December 2015. He was eventually cleared of three school conduct code violations and returned to the team. He was suspended for the entirety of his 2017 season after being involved in a credit card fraud case and opted to declare for the draft in December 2017.
The Browns selected him in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft back in April despite testing positive for marijuana during the NFL scouting combine two months prior.
When the Browns opted to trade starting wideout Corey Coleman to the Buffalo Bills for a seventh-round pick on Sunday, Callaway was quickly moved into the team's starting rotation for wideouts.
Both coach Hue Jackson and starting Browns wideout Jarvis Landry spoke highly of Callaway during training camp.
"He has talent — I think that we all know that — but I think that he is starting to really get the system and learning how to do things the way that we want them done," Jackson told reporters. "I was back there when he was returning punts. He said, 'Coach, I have not played in a year.' He is really looking forward to Thursday night. I am glad that he senses it because I do, too. I want to make sure that he goes out there on Thursday and plays the way that we think he can play."
"He continues to work hard. He has been bouncing around a little bit position to position, but at the same time, he has embraced it and he keeps working hard every day," Landry said. "That is all you can ask."
Callaway finished his career at Florida with 89 catches for 1,399 yards and seven touchdowns across 26 starts. He was widely expected to start for the Browns in their first preseason game on Thursday against the Giants.
"It should be a show," Callaway told reporters on Tuesday morning before the news of the marijuana citation broke. "I'm just ready to play now."
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