Antonio Callaway is in trouble again. The Cleveland Browns second year wide receiver will be suspended the first four games of the regular season. Callaway violated the NFL’s policy and program on substances of abuse.
Statement from Antonio Callaway: pic.twitter.com/3i0VxInpuy
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 9, 2019
Callaway released the following statement about the violation.
“I take full responsibility for my actions. I made a mistake and I own that,” Callaway said. “I have taken steps to make myself better and I appreciate the Browns standing by me and supporting me during this time. I know there’s nothing I can say to regain trust; it will all be about my actions.”
Callaway is still allowed to participate in practice and preseason contests. He did not practice Friday afternoon according to reports.
Antonio Callaway not on field for Browns after announcement of 4g suspension. He’s still eligible to practice.
— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) August 9, 2019
This news in disappointing to general manager John Dorsey. He traded up in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft to select Callaway. This is strike two for the second year pass catcher.
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“We’re disappointed in Antonio,” general manager John Dorsey, said in a statement. “Freddie (Kitchens) and I have had a direct conversation with him about where we stand. He understands our expectations of him. We will continue to support him as long as he remains committed to taking advantage of the resources made available to him by our club and the league to help him become the best version of himself as a person first and foremost.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 9, 2019
Callaway is eligible to return on September 30. The first chance for him to see game action will be in week five at the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, October 7.
Hopefully Callaway will realize the mistakes he has made. The talented wide receiver does not to become the next Josh Gordon.