University of Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway has pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Callaway was cited on May 13 in Gainesville after pulling over an SUV he was a passenger in.
As part of the plea deal, prosecutors dropped a marijuana possession charge which is standard for cases that have small amounts of drugs involved. In addition, Callaway had to pay a $301 fine.
This isn’t Callaway’s first suspension, as he was suspended during an investigation into sexual battery allegations. He was eventually cleared of the allegations thanks to a Title IX investigation in which he admitted to smoking marijuana at the time.
Callaway is entering his junior season after leading the Gators in receptions, yards, and tied for receiving touchdowns at three. He is expected to be the top receiver once again, even if there is uncertainty at the quarterback position.
Gators head coach Jim McElwain commented on his top playmaker receiving the citation. However, coach McElwain and the University still have not decided on Callaway’s future for the Gators’ season opener against Michigan.
McElwain did make light mention when asked about the situation last week and he wasn’t saying much:
“He’s going through some things right now, and obviously he’s been handling it well…We’ll continue to see how that goes.”
From this statement it doesn’t seem that Callaway is going to be handed down much from McElwain. Obviously with the situation finally settled, the ball will be in the Gators coaching staff’s court. This is one of those tough ones because it was a minor offense, that led to only a fine. At this point Callaway can’t be anything short of an Eagle Scout from here on out. As for the Gators they can’t afford to lose out any time from Callaway considering he’s one of the team’s most important weapon on an offense that has looked anemic at times.