A Strongsville police officer said he "got real nervous" when he found a gun part and ammunition while searching the car of Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway early Sunday morning near Southpark Mall.
The officer’s stated discovery was revealed in dash cam footage obtained Wednesday by TMZ.com. On Tuesday, news broke about Callaway being cited for possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license during the same traffic stop.
Callaway made the trip with the Browns on Wednesday as they traveled for Thursday’s preseason opener against the New York Giants, a team spokesman said. It remains to be seen whether coach Hue Jackson lets Callaway start or even play. Callaway failed to notify the Browns about his run-in with the law, and the team learned about the incident Tuesday through the media.
Callaway had been scheduled to appear in Strongsville Mayor’s Court at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, but a court official said Callaway’s attorney got the case continued to 8 a.m. Aug. 23.
Strongsville police officer Eric Schubert wrote in an incident report he stopped Callaway at 2:59 a.m. Sunday for failing to yield to oncoming traffic.
In the dash cam video, an officer, presumably Schubert, told another officer he smelled marijuana so he would search the car. He also said he knew Callaway plays receiver for the Browns and is "fast as s***." When the officer asked Callaway if had been smoking, Callaway said no and explained his car had just been shipped from Florida to Ohio.
During the officer’s search, he told Callaway to keep his hands up and asked him if he had a concealed carry weapons permit. Callaway replied by telling the officer there was no gun in the car. The officer then asked Callaway why a backstrap to a glock was in the car. Callway answered by saying he has a gun but it was in Florida.
Later, the officer who conducted the search told another officer, "I got real nervous when I opened [the car] up and first thing right down by where the seats sit is the backstrap of a glock, and then he’s got a bunch of spare single rounds sitting in the center console. So I got real nervous when he’s standing back there and there’s no gun but there’s gun stuff everywhere."
According to the incident report, a small amount of marijuana was found under the driver’s seat of Callaways’ car.
"[Callaway] claims that they just shipped the car up here from Florida and his little brother who smokes dope was using the car," one officer told another in the video. "So I don’t know if that’s true or not."
The other officer replied, "I mean it’s plausible" before adding, "I feel kind of bad. I mean [Callaway has] been like perfectly polite and answering everything."
When one of the officers issued the citation, Callaway asked, "This won’t mess me up or nothing, right?"
The officer said he didn’t think so and asked Callaway if Browns players got drug tested quite a bit.
"I don’t mind getting tested," Callaway said.
Browns General Manager John Dorsey picked Callaway in the fourth round of April’s draft despite his long history of off-field red flags. This past winter, Callaway submitted a diluted drug test sample at the NFL Scouting Combine and thereby entered the league in its substance-abuse program.
He is subject to discipline under the NFL and NFL Players Association’s substance-abuse policy. Per the policy, players in stage one of the program who violate the policy will be subject to a fine equaling three-seventeenths of their base salary and entrance into stage two of the program upon notification by the medical director. Callaway’s 2018 base salary is $480,000, so he could be fined $84,705.
Gordon contacts coach
Wide receiver Josh Gordon has been in contact with Jackson during his absence from Browns training camp.
Gordon announced July 23 he would miss the start of camp while focusing on his "overall health and treatment plan." He has yet to report to the club.
Teammates revealed in recent days Gordon has been in touch with receivers Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins. When Jackson was asked Monday if he had been in contact with Gordon, the coach said, "I like to keep that between me and Josh."
But during the premiere of the 13th season of HBO’s hit documentary series Hard Knocks on Tuesday night, Jackson read a text message he received from Gordon to Dorsey. In the message, Gordon offered condolences to Jackson, whose brother and mother recently died in a two-week span.
"Coach, this is Josh," Jackson said, reading the text to Dorsey. "This is my new number, so you can lock me in. I just want to say thank you for sticking by me when I needed it most. You and your family are in my prayers tonight. I wish you all the love, peace of mind. God bless the household. Sincerest condolences. I will see you soon."
Earlier in the episode, Jackson broke the news of Gordon’s absence to some of his assistant coaches.
"Josh will not be here the first part of training camp," Jackson said. "OK? Now he will be back. There’s no question I think we’ll get him back. I’m not saying for sure what day because I don’t know that, but we will get him back. I mean, that’s the most important part of it."