It seems that Caleb Brantley has dodged a bullet. The new Cleveland Browns sixth round pick was under fire amid a misdemeanor battery charge that was being investigated by Gainesville police.
Brantley was accused of punching a girl in the face outside a Gainesville bar, knocking her tooth out and requiring medical treatment. He denied these reports and was supported by the witness report of a security guard outside the bar.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the State Attorney’s Office dismissed the complaint against Brantley. They cited “insufficient evidence to sustain a conviction” as the reason for the dismissal of the complaint.
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The Alachua County State Attorney’s office went on to say in the release that the accuser was drinking underage, became intoxicated and is not credible on what, if anything happened. Further, there were conflicting witness statements from some individuals, who were also drinking or drunk. And most importantly, it cannot be substantiated that Brantley actually struck the female at all.
While character issues will continue to be a hot subject, this will be a good opportunity for the former Florida Gator to show he is ready for the NFL. Brantley is currently attending the Browns rookie mini-camp.