The Florida Gators’ top offensive weapon finally has closure after his May 13 citation for marijuana.
On Monday, Florida star wide receiver Antonio Callaway pleaded no contest to possession of paraphernalia and was fined $301, Alachua State Attorney Bill Cervone told the Orlando Sentinel.
Callaway’s status for the team’s Sept. 2 season opener against Michigan is still to be determined. Last Tuesday at SEC Media Days, coach Jim McElwain said he hasn’t made any judgment on whether Callaway will be suspended.
Callaway faced two misdemeanor drug charges: possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug equipment as a result of a traffic stop.
In early June, it was reported by Robbie Andreu of The Gainesville Sun that Callaway received a plea offer, one that required Callaway to plead guilty to the possession of drug paraphernalia in order to get the other charge for possession of marijuana dismissed.
When he was stopped, Callaway had 7 grams of marijuana in his pants and another 5.4 grams were found in his vehicle, according to a police report obtained by SEC Country’s Ryan Young.
This was Callaway’s second marijuana-related incident. Callaway faced allegations of sexual assault in January 2016, and he later revealed in a Title IX hearing last August that he was high on marijuana during that alleged sexual assault.
Despite being suspended last spring as the allegations swirled, Callaway was deemed not responsible as a result of the hearing.
The Miami native has led the Gators in receiving yards in each of the last two seasons, recording 54 catches for 721 yards and 3 TDs in 2016. He’s the first Florida player to lead the program in receiving yards in consecutive seasons since Jabar Gaffney in 2000-01.