Ammunition, but no gun, was found in the car of Browns rookie receiver Antonio Callaway when he was stopped early Sunday by Strongsville police.
Callaway was cited for marijuana possession after a small amount was discovered under the driver’s seat and driving with a suspended license, according to the police report. He didn’t tell the Browns about the incident.
He hired an attorney and the case was continued in the Mayor’s Court, Deputy Chief John Janowski told The Chronicle-Telegram on Wednesday. He had been scheduled to appear Thursday morning.
Callaway, a fourth-round draft pick, flew Wednesday afternoon with the team to New Jersey for the preseason opener Thursday night against the New York Giants, a team spokesman said. It’s unknown if he’ll play.
Officer Eric Schubert is heard on the dashcam video, which was released by police and obtained by The Chronicle-Telegram, telling Officer Dan Mertz that he “got real nervous” when he spotted the gun back strap next to the driver’s seat and single rounds of ammunition in the center console.
Callaway told him there was no gun in the car, it was in Florida. Schubert told him to stand with his arms in view and checked him for weapons. He then checked the car, including the trunk.
Janowski said the mention of the ammunition wasn’t in the police report because it’s not illegal and therefore wouldn’t result in a criminal charge. He said the back strap is a piece of plastic used to make the grip of the gun bigger.
Schubert recognized Callaway as a Browns player and called him “fast as sh—.” Callaway moved into the starting lineup this week after the trade of Corey Coleman to the Bills.
Schubert said he smelled the odor of marijuana in the car. Callaway said he had just gotten the car shipped to him from Florida.
Callaway, 21, entered the league with a history of off-field problems.
He had a diluted sample during a drug test at the scouting combine over the winter.
During his time at the University of Florida, he was investigated for a sexual assault but cleared, received a misdemeanor marijuana citation and was suspended for the 2017 season for his involvement in a credit card scam.
Callaway’s past makes the recent incident more alarming.
“Oh, absolutely. No doubt. No doubt,” coach Hue Jackson said Tuesday. “We can’t run from that. I mean, obviously, the red flag is up.”
Callaway was placed in the league’s substance abuse program after the diluted sample at the combine, which puts him in jeopardy of a suspension for the marijuana citation.
“The matter will be reviewed under the NFL-NFLPA substances of abuse policy,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy told The Chronicle-Telegram in an email.
Callaway was stopped at 2:59 a.m. Sunday for failing to yield on Howe Road by the SouthPark Mall, according to the police report. Schubert said he cut off another driver while pulling out of a parking lot.
Schubert told Mentz that Callaway was “perfectly polite.”