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Lawyer: Gators receiver Antonio Callaway should be reinstated

Antonio Callaway commits to the University of Florida during National Signing Day at Booker T. Washington with on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.
Antonio Callaway commits to the University of Florida during National Signing Day at Booker T. Washington with on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

University of Florida star wide receiver Antonio Callaway was suspended indefinitely on Jan. 27 for violating the university’s code of conduct, but Friday the sophomore’s attorney said Callaway should be reinstated immediately.

“There is no good reason why this investigation has not been closed,” attorney Huntley Johnson said in a release. “This allegation has no merit.”

Callaway’s suspension was from a complaint in early December, per Johnson. The attorney also wrote that his office conducted its own private investigation and found that the accusations had no basis. No further details were added.

Florida coach Jim McElwain adamantly refused to discuss the situation Tuesday when he officially announced the suspensions of Callaway and former starting quarterback Treon Harris, who is not being represented by Johnson.

The longtime Gainesville lawyer has represented dozens of UF athletes, including Harris when the quarterback faced a sexual assault accusation in 2014.

Callaway was UF’s best playmaker last season, breaking multiple school records and combining for seven touchdowns via receptions, returns and even a pass.

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