Antonio Callaway suspended for conduct code violation, attorney says
Florida has suspended star receiver Antonio Callaway for violating the school's code of conduct policy, Gainesville attorney Huntley Johnson said Friday in a statement.
Johnson said the allegation has "no merit," yet Callaway remains suspended while the university resolves a complaint from early December.
There are no pending criminal investigations involving Callaway by the Gainesville or UF police departments, according to their public information officers. Johnson said he does not believe Callaway is the subject of a criminal investigation by any other agency.
Federal privacy laws allow for the release of final disciplinary actions for students punished for violence of sexual violence. UF - in a response from an open-records request from the Tampa Bay Times - said Thursday that no such records exist on Callaway.
Gators coach Jim McElwain said little about the suspension Tuesday when he addressed reporters before the start of spring practice. He said Callaway and quarterback/receiver Treon Harris haven't been with the team since January.
Johnson is not representing Harris. A phone message to Harris' attorney was not immediately returned.
Callaway starred last year as a true freshman. He caught the game-winning touchdown against Tennessee and led the Gators in receiving yards (678). He scored six touchdowns (four receiving, two punt returns).
Here's the full statement released by the law firm Johnson & Osteryoung:
On January 27, 2016 the University of Florida suspended Antonio Callaway for a violation of the Student Conduct Code.
The suspension was due to an incident which supposedly occurred in early December 2015.
Mr. Callaway is on interim suspension from the University of Florida pending resolution of the accusation.
At this time the University of Florida has not presented to Mr. Callaway or Undersigned Counsel any evidence relating to Mr. Callaway's suspension.
Be that as it may, the law firm of Johnson & Osteryoung has conducted its own investigation as to the allegation that is the basis for the suspension.
There is no good reason why this investigation has not been closed.
This allegation has no merit.