To the astonishment of absolutely no one, “Antonio Callaway has been offered a deal by the State Attorney’s Office that would see his misdemeanor marijuana possession charge dropped if he pleads guilty to misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia”.
The prosecutor explains:
State Attorney Bill Cervone said the plea deal Callaway has been offered is typical for a first-time offender, which Callaway is.
“Callaway will be treated as any other first-time cannabis offender, which he legally is despite admissions made in other contexts, and allowed to plead to possession of paraphernalia if he chooses,” Cervone told The Sun…
Um, yeah, those admissions…
Callaway was suspended from the football team in January of 2016 for a violation of the university’s Student Conduct Code that was later learned to involve an alleged sexual assault. Ironically enough, Callaway’s defense was that he was “so stoned” on marijuana that he didn’t want to have sex on the night in question; in mid-August, Callaway was found not responsible in a Title IX hearing, clearing the way for a return to the football field.
Really, you can’t make this shit up if you tried.
The article goes on to report that Callaway and his attorney, Huntley Johnson, are considering the offer. Why not grab it? Welp, one reason may be that Callaway isn’t being offered deferred prosecution, meaning that if he takes the plea this month, he leaves his coach with having to make a suspension call for the Michigan game. It’s likely that’s a decision Jim McElwain would prefer not to make.
Can Johnson help a Gator coach out one more time? Stay tuned.