Cleveland Browns rookie wide receiver Antonio Callaway said his positive drug test at this year's Talent Combination was the result of a diluted test and that he's working to get past his turbulent past.
"I had a diluted test," Callaway, recruited by the Browns in the fourth round of the draft last week, said during the rookie minicamp on Saturday. "I did not do it intentionally, but I take responsibility for the test, that was a wake-up call, but as I said, day by day, I'm still improving as a person, as a player, as a man, as a father. He will be 3 months old next week. "
Callaway was seen by many as a talented enough player to be chosen in the early rounds, but fell to fourth due to significant concerns off the field. He was suspended from the Florida Gators team for the entire 2017 campaign for allegedly using information from a stolen credit card to fund bookstore accounts. He was summoned after a traffic stop in May of 2017 for possession of marijuana and possession of material to consume drugs. And sexual assault charges were dropped in August 2016 after his accuser and his witness boycotted the hearing because the officer was a fan of the Gators.Get your premium tennis picks and bet on your favourite player.
"He was young, that's all, immature," Callaway said of his list of problems. "I was living the moment, I knew I had to grow up and learn from my mistakes, when I was suspended, I did not think it would cost me the NFL, I knew it would hurt, because I know my talent, I'm very good at football."
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, also originally from Miami, recently contacted Callaway on Twitter and has been spending time training with him trying to help prepare him for life in the NFL.
"Basically, he's been my mentor, he told me I have a lot of talent to waste it," Callaway said of Brown.
Callaway said he and his four younger sisters were raised by his mother in a very tough part of Miami.
"It's hard, where I come from, it's hard, the worst of the worst," Callaway said. "Homicide, drugs, whatever they want, I've seen it, and when I grew up, I said, I do not want that life, so I stayed with football."