Florida's Call­away fails drug test at NFL com­bine

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ For­mer Florida re­ceiver An­to­nio Call­away failed a drug test at the NFL com­bine, a mis­take that could dam­age his draft sta­tus.

A per­son with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion says NFL teams were made aware of the re­sult Tues­day. The per­son spoke to The As­so­ci­ated Press on the con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the league does not re­lease that in­for­ma­tion pub­licly.

NFL Net­work first re­ported Call­away's failed test.

It was the lat­est mis­step for a tal­ented but trou­bled re­ceiver who was once con­sid­ered a lock to be a first-round draft pick.

Call­away was sus­pended all of last sea­son as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into felony credit card fraud. He also was cited for mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion in May 2017, stopped by po­lice while rid­ing in a car with a ca­reer crim­i­nal, and was part of a Ti­tle IX in­ves­ti­ga­tion in 2016 that cen­tered on an al­leged sex­ual bat­tery. He tes­ti­fied dur­ing that case he was high on mar­i­juana dur­ing the in­ci­dent and was later found not re­spon­si­ble for the al­leged mis­con­duct.

At Florida's pro day last month, Call­away said ev­ery NFL team he spoke to at the scout­ing com­bine in In­di­anapo­lis and since wanted to know about the same thing: His past.

“They al­ready know I'm a good ath­lete. Just know I'm not a bad per­son,'' said Call­away, who ap­peared out of shape and was work­ing with his sec­ond agent in less than six months. “Some­body's just got to be­lieve in me.''

Call­away also said the re­cent birth of his first child, a daugh­ter, changed him.

Call­away caught 89 passes for 1,399 yards and 11 touch­downs in two sea­sons at Florida. He hasn't played since the Out­back Bowl on Jan. 2, 2017.

The Mi­ami na­tive was one of nine Florida play­ers sus­pended dur­ing the 2017 sea­son while be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for fraud.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Call­away used a stolen credit card to add $1,970 to his cam­pus book­store ac­count and then used the money to pur­chase a high-end com­puter and fancy head­phones. He even­tu­ally en­tered a pre­trial in­ter­ven­tion pro­gram that could re­sult in the dis­missal of the felony charges.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF AL­LI­GA­TOR ARMY

An­to­nio Call­away

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