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09/25/17 - Wide receiver Antonio Callaway and running back Jordan Scarlett are among nine University of Florida players facing multiple third-degree felony charges on the heels of alleged credit card fraud, multiple outlets reported Monday. Callaway and Scarlett join five other suspended players in facing two third-degree felonies: fraud/swindle in obtaining property under $20,000 and use or possession of another person's ID without consent. Defensive linemen Keivonnis Davis and Richerd Desir-Jones, linebackers James Houston IV and Ventrell Miller, wide receiver Rick Wells and offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort are also facing the third-degree felony counts, according to Alachua County (Fla.) Circuit Court records, per the Orlando Sentinel. Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Smith is facing three additional felony counts of use or possession of another person's ID without consent.
The players are accused of using multiple credit cards from multiple victims. Callaway transferred $1,970 from a stolen credit card to his University of Florida account and Scarlett transferred $1,940 to his account, making one fraudulent transaction apiece, according to State Attorney Bill Cervone. "Well, obviously, know this: I really care about those guys. We're going to do right by them," Gators coach Jim McElwain was quoted as saying by the Orlando Sentinel during a press conference Monday as the felony charges were first publicly posted in the court system. "You're asking me something, which this is the first I've heard about it. Obviously, we sit down as a staff, we sit down as an administration. Obviously, the university first and what that is. Yet, at the end of the day I'll do everything I can to help these guys. - The Sports Xchange
08/14/17 - WR Antonio Callaway has been suspended for the Sept. 2 season-opener against Michigan. "We have a small group of players that have made some choices that are extremely disappointing," coach Jim McElwain said in a statement released Sunday by the school. "Action has been taken -- they have missed some practice and will miss the Michigan game. We will use this as a learning opportunity and we will have some players step up as we move forward." Callaway, rated the 44th-best draft prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, caught 54 passes for 721 yards and three touchdowns last season. He was cited for marijuana possession in May, although McElwain said at SEC Media Days last month that he hadn't suspended Callaway at that time.
08/04/17 - WR Antonio Callaway, who was cited for possession of marijuana in May, isn't expected to miss any playing time. Callaway pled no contest to possession paraphernalia and had to pay court costs. Coach Jim McElwain said "I don't anticipate it," when asked if any players would be out for the opener against Michigan. Callaway, rated No. 44 for the 2018 draft by NFLDraftScout.com, was a preseason second-team All-SEC pick by the league's media.
07/17/17 - Florida receiver Antonio Callaway has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Prosecutors dropped a marijuana possession charge as part of Monday's plea deal, which State Attorney Bill Cervone said was standard for cases involving small amounts of drugs. Callaway also was fined $301. Callaway, the team's top playmaker, was cited on May 13 in Gainesville. He was a passenger in a SUV that officers pulled over for a seatbelt violation. Police said officers smelled marijuana in the SUV and found 7 grams of the drug in Callaway's pocket. Callaway is entering his junior season. In two years, he has 89 catches for 1,399 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was suspended last spring amid sexual battery allegations. In court documents, Callaway admitted smoking marijuana, though he was eventually cleared of the battery allegation by a Title IX investigation. Florida coach Jim McElwain hasn't said whether Callaway will be suspended for the season opener against Michigan. - AP College Football
05/31/17 - Florida coach Jim McElwain says star receiver Antonio Callaway's recent citation for marijuana possession triggered "a lot more of the education, a lot more of the testing." Speaking at the Southeastern Conference's annual spring meetings Tuesday, McElwain expressed disappointment with Callaway's latest off-the-field troubles. "Look, it's not something I'm happy about," McElwain said. "And yet, you know what, I am going to help this guy and I'm going to continually try as I will all my players." Callaway, the team's top playmaker, was cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession (fewer than 20 grams) earlier this month in Gainesville. "He's doing a bunch of things right now to kind of see exactly what the priorities are and that kind of stuff, as we handle all our players," McElwain said. "Same situation."
Callaway was a passenger in a black Mercedes SUV when Gainesville Police Department officers stopped the vehicle for a seatbelt violation. Kendrick Williams, a 40-year-old man with a history of criminal charges, was driving the SUV. The police report said officers smelled marijuana in the car and then found 7 grams of the drug in Callaway's pocket during a search. Williams also was found with marijuana. McElwain said he spoke to Callaway about associating with the right people. - AP College Football