Browns Rookie WR Antonio Callaway Cited for Marijuana Possession in Traffic Stop

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2018

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway runs a route during NFL football training camp, Friday, July 27, 2018, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Cleveland Browns rookie wide receiver Antonio Callaway was "cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license" after being pulled over for a traffic violation Sunday, according to Tony Grossi of ESPN.

Per the report, Callaway was pulled over for failing to yield. Officers then found a small amount of marijuana under the driver's seat, though only enough to warrant a potential minor misdemeanor charge, per Strongsville police Deputy Chief John Janowski.  

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Callaway consented to a search thinking his car was clean:

"A small amount of marijuana was located under the driver's seat, but a league source told cleveland.com that Callaway recently had his car shipped to Cleveland from Florida and hadn't used it in awhile. In the meantime, others used the car.

"When police asked Callaway if they could search the vehicle, he said yes, not realizing there was marijuana it. Callaway also thought he had resolved the suspended license issue, the source said."

The Browns issued a brief statement on the matter, via Cabot, "We are aware of the citation (and) are in the process of gathering more information and will comment further at the appropriate time."

Callaway's time at Florida was marked by off-field concerns. According to Ben Axelrod of WKYC.com, he was "accused of sexual assault prior to an investigation in which he was eventually cleared. The 5'11" wideout was also suspended for the entirety of the 2017 season as the result of a credit card scam and also provided a diluted sample during drug testing at the NFL Scouting Combine."

His ability, however, has never been questioned.

"He is super talented. The tape from his sophomore season's really good," a scout told NFL.com's Tom Pelissero in April. "But he is a train wreck when it comes to some of that off-field stuff. Poor decision-making at every turn."

Another scout said Callaway likely would have been a top-20 pick without his off-field transgressions.

After he was selected, general manager John Dorsey noted that the team thoroughly looked into Callaway's past.

"We have done extensive, I mean extensive, background work here," Dorsey said, per the Associated Press. "We've actually gone down to Gainesville. We've actually had people go to certain areas just to find out all about the specifics of the situation and we feel very good about where we are and where he is and where those things, what levels they're at."

"I feel very comfortable making a move like this."

Callaway also said he had turned to Antonio Brown seeking guidance and a mentor, per Chris Wesseling of NFL.com.

He was expected to play a big role for the Browns this season and was listed as a starter on the team's depth chart alongside Jarvis Landry, ahead of Rashard Higgins and Jeff Janis. While that may be subject to change once Josh Gordon returns to the team, it's clear Callaway was expected to be a contributor.

What is less clear now, however, is how his potential legal issues will impact those plans.