Report: Antonio Callaway will appeal 10-game suspension for another violation of substance abuse policy
The Cleveland Browns decided to release Antonio Callaway on Thursday and part of the reason was that he was facing a 10-game suspension from the NFL. After being released from the Browns, Callaway is choosing to appeal his suspension for another violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy per Ian Rapoport.
#Browns WR Antonio Callaway is appealing a 10-game suspension for another violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, sources say. That is not the only reason the team waived him, but it is an important factor. He had his hearing in the last week.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 14, 2019
During training camp, many questioned why Antonio Callaway was working with the reserves in practice. Then, before the season began, Callaway was handed a four-game suspension by the NFL for violating its substance-abuse policy.
Now, it appears as if he’s violated the same policy for the second time in the past two years. There’s also an incident from 2018 that Callaway was involved in that included him being cited for possession of marijuana and a suspended license.
Despite the character concerns in the draft process, the Browns chose to select Callaway with the 105th overall pick. At first, it appeared that Cleveland may have gotten a steal in Callaway in his rookie season. The Florida product finished the 2018 season with 43 receptions, 586 yards, and five touchdowns.
Upon the arrival of Odell Beckham Jr., Callaway was going to have to earn his role in the offense. In the end, Rashard Higgins won the No. 3 spot at the wide receiver position over him.
Along with the suspensions, the Browns also seemed to be growing tiresome of his actions. Therefore, not even two years after drafting him, Cleveland is parting ways with Callaway.
Regardless of the verdict of Callaway’s appeal, there will likely be teams who express interest in him.