Category Archives: Crime and Punishment

Huntley Johnson can’t save you now.

Welp, this is an interesting development, to say the least.

This one’s not related to drugs, apparently.

Florida’s press release did not specify a reason for the suspensions, but sources informed GatorBait.net that they stem from a misuse of school-issued funds intended for specific use.

Some of the players involved used the funds from part of their scholarship agreement to buy electronics equipment, then later reported the cards stolen. Some players sold the electronics equipment purchased with the school-issued funds.

On the bright side, this takes care of one potentially tough decision McElwain was supposedly facing.

Callaway’s involvement is noteworthy because he had already faced internal discipline stemming from a misdemeanor marijuana citation in the spring. Coach Jim McElwain has never explicitly stated that he wouldn’t be suspended for the Michigan game, but said at the team media day that it would be “all hands on deck” and had previously said Callaway has already faced internal consequences.

Prior to the spring citation, the star receiver hadn’t previously been charged with any form of marijuana offense, but he did admit in a Title IX investigation of an alleged sexual assault in 2015 that he was too high to have sex.

He wasn’t going to commit bank fraud, but then he got high.

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A legal matter, baby

Mike Bobo, gaining some valuable coaching experience that will help groom him for an eventual return to the SEC:

An off-field situation will likely prove very costly for Colorado State’s defensive secondary this coming season.

In mid-May, reports surfaced that Braylin Scott was arrested by university police on three felony counts — two charges related to burglary of a dwelling and one involving theft of property valued at $5,000-$20,000.  It was subsequently reported that the safety had been accused of stealing Rolex watches and diamond jewelry from the dorm room of teammate Hunter Donnelly, a redshirt freshman linebacker for the Rams.

This week, Scott’s attorney, Erik Fischer, told the Loveland Reporter-Herald that his client will likely miss all of the upcoming season because of the criminal case.  A pretrial conference is set for Dec. 11, with the jury trial slated to begin Dec. 19; the Rams close out the 2017 regular season against San Jose State Nov. 18.

Yeah, I can see how trial prep might get in the way of game prep.  But a good coach prepares for life’s adversities, amirite?

Oh, and by the way, nice bling, Hunter.  I was lucky to have a beat-up quartz watch when I was in college.

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Sleeping under the influence

You know there would be a different outcome had Da’Shawn Hand been a Georgia player.

Jimmy Williamson can only shake his head in disappointment.

Good luck against FSU, Da’Shawn.

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Today, in Oxford, Mississippi

If I wanted to be snarky, I’d say this is the kind of thing that happens when the money guys have to leave town suddenly.  If I wanted to be snarky, that is.  Which I don’t.  Totally don’t.

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Huntley Johnson, workin’

Soon to be appearing in a major season opener against Michigan…

For some reason, I can’t figure out the Afroman lyric that fits this fact pattern.

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Beyond scooters

Behold, the most Georgia-sounding arrest of the offseason took place in Nashville, not Athens:

Vanderbilt football player Sam Dobbs was charged with misdemeanor reckless endangerment when he landed a drone in a large crowd in downtown Nashville on Fourth of July night, according to Metro police.

Police said Dobbs flew his drone at 9:55 p.m. Tuesday over a large crowd in the First  Avenue and Gay Street area during Nashville’s Let Freedom Sing Celebration, an event that drew an estimated 240,000 people. He was among 17 individuals charged with various crimes during the celebration.

And Dobbs hails from Douglasville!  How did we ever let him get away?

Jimmy Williamson’s got to be kicking himself right now.  What a lost opportunity…

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I would have committed sexual assault, but then I got high.

Huntley Johnson’s already done a lot of heavy lifting in support of his client, Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway.

Callaway’s attorney, Huntley Johnson, also has been critical of the university’s actions. He previously accused UF of allowing a Title IX official to serve as the “prosecutor, the investigator, the judge” in the case. Johnson also alleged that the Florida official, Chris Loschiavo, had a conflict of interest because he did consulting work for an outside group with ties to Clune.

The university fired Loschiavo and determined he had “both a conflict of interest and lack of independence.” Two other university officials, dean of students Jen Day Shaw and general counsel Jamie Lewis Keith, have recently left, too.

“The removal of those three people has completely changed the dynamic,” Johnson said, “and we are cautiously optimistic that Florida’s going to do better in that regard in the future.”

We’re about to find out, boss.

The University of Florida is under federal Title IX investigation for its handling of a December 2015 sexual assault accusation against star receiver Antonio Callaway, the complainant’s attorney confirmed.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is looking into a complaint filed by Callaway’s accuser, her attorney John Clune said Friday.

The complaint was filed Aug. 10, according to a letter to the university obtained by the Tampa Bay Times. That’s five days after UF held a student-conduct hearing on the case and two days before Callaway was found not responsible by the university for any wrongdoing. Clune and his client boycotted the hearing because the outside lawyer chosen to preside over the case was a Gators booster and member of the school’s Hall of Fame.

Gee, UF sure seems to have a hard time finding anyone who can handle a hearing without a conflict.

Or maybe it’s just a matter of whether Johnson’s on the case.  Take, for example, this tidbit that Mark Schlabach turned up:

Callaway was accused of sexual assault by the woman in December 2015 but was cleared in the August hearing. He had been suspended from the team following the accusation but was fully reinstated after the hearing.

Quarterback Treon Harris was accused of attempted sexual assault by the woman and ultimately transferred to Tennessee State. Sources had told ESPN that Harris agreed to leave Florida as part of a plea deal related to the Title IX case. He also apologized to the woman, the sources said.

Or maybe Harris wasn’t wasted on the night in question.  Pot can be your friend, kids!

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