University of Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway and former Gators quarterback Treon Harris are reportedly being accused of sexual assault related to an alleged incident in December.
Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach of ESPN reported Friday the woman is expected to boycott a Title IX hearing regarding Callaway’s status because the school appointed a football booster to the case. Florida confirmed Harris’ decision to transfer from the program last month.
The woman reported the alleged assault to the Florida student conduct and conflict resolution office but didn’t alert the police, according to the ESPN report. Callaway and Harris were suspended indefinitely as a result of the situation.
John Clune, the accuser’s attorney, wrote a letter to University of Florida deputy general counsel Amy Hass confirming the decision by the woman to skip the hearing, along with her parents and five witnesses, due to the surrounding circumstances, per ESPN:
This has been a difficult decision but as I previously indicated to you, the fact that UF has hired a football booster to adjudicate a sexual assault allegation against one of the team’s own football players is a fundamentally skewed process in which [the complainant] refuses to participate. To be clear, [the complainant] remains very willing to participate in a fair and unbiased disciplinary process. Mr. Calloway’s [sic] behavior has had a great impact on her life and continuing as a student at UF is of great importance to her and her future.
Callaway’s attorney Amy Osteryoung also released a statement, per Schlabach:
The update comes one day after Callaway returned to practice with the Gators ahead of their scheduled opener against Massachusetts on Sept. 3.
Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel reported Callaway missed spring practice and wasn’t allowed on the Florida campus until June. Although the case remains unresolved, the school has now decided to let him attend practices and classes.
Gators head coach Jim McElwain told reporters “there is no timeline” for a final decision on Callaway’s status. It’s unclear if he’d be allowed to compete if a resolution isn’t reached before Sept. 3.
Ryan Bartow of 247Sports noted prior to the latest news that more than a dozen programs from both the FBS and FCS levels had shown interest in Harris. The report stated he’s planning to enroll in a new school sometime this month.
Whether Florida still plans to hold Callaway’s hearing despite the woman’s decision to boycott the proceedings is unknown.
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