Hard Knocks is set to debut this week, and although it might not make this episode, they are going to have a whole heck of a lot of material in future episodes regarding the Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver position. After Corey Coleman was traded on Sunday, that meant rookie Antonio Callaway was temporarily promoted to the starting lineup. And then...this story came out, per Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland:
Callaway was stopped in his vehicle for a traffic violation at 2:59 a.m. [early Sunday morning] by Strongsville police and cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license.
Grossi’s report says the amount of marijuana found was “small enough to be regarded as a minor misdemeanor under Ohio law,” and he is due in court Thursday morning at 9:30 AM, which is supposed to be when the Browns play their first preseason game in New York. Callaway was practicing on Tuesday at training camp, and Hue Jackson indicated the team didn’t even know about the matter. The team released this brief statement:
#Browns statement on Antonio Callaway: “We’re aware of the citation are in the process of gathering more information and will comment further at the appropriate time.”— Nate Ulrich (@ByNateUlrich) August 7, 2018
Given Callaway’s troubled past, this is not the best of starts to his NFL career, and the timing couldn’t be worse for Cleveland with Coleman gone and Josh Gordon still missing in action.
UPDATE: The excuse that Callaway is using? His car was recently shipped from Florida, others had driven it, and he didn’t know it was there.