FOX8 The legal troubles continue for Browns rookie wide receiver Antonio Callaway. The 21-year-old was pulled over on Howe Road in Strongsville at about 3 a.m. Sunday for failing to yield for oncoming traffic. Officers found a small amount of marijuana under the driver’s seat, according to the police report. Callaway was cited for possession of marijuana and driving under a suspended license. He’s set to appeared in Strongsville Mayor’s Court Thursday morning. Cleveland selected Callaway in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. His draft stock dropped when he failed a drug test at the NFL combine. He caught 89 passes for 1,399 yards and 11 touchdowns in two seasons with the Florida Gators, but hadn’t played since the Outback Bowl in 2017. Callaway was suspended all of last season following an investigation into credit card fraud. He was cited for marijuana possession in 2017 and part of an investigation into sexual battery in 2016.
When the Cleveland Browns selected Antonio Callaway in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, eyebrows were raised around the league, because Antonio Callaway is a very talented player who had major red flags off the field. In fact, several NFL General Managers pulled Callaway off of their draft boards entirely, because they did not feel that Callaway could stay out of trouble in the NFL. The Browns were confident Callaway had matured, and the team even traded Corey Coleman to the Bills earlier this week, which elevated Callaway to running with the first team offense while Josh Gordon is away from the team receiving treatment. The gamble that the Browns made selecting the talented but troubled Callaway is already showing signs of not paying off, because Callaway was cited this weekend for possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license, just the latest in a string of troubles off the field. Callaway was investigated for sexual battery in 2016, he was cited for possession of marijuana in 2017, and he was suspended all of last season following an investigation into credit card fraud. He also failed the drug test at the NFL combine. With the Browns most talented wide receiver Josh Gordon battling substance abuse problems and fighting to remain sober, Antonio Callaway seems to be headed down the same path, and it’s going to be tough for the Browns to employ two players at the same position who are struggling so mightily off of the field.