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Caleb Brantley’s battery complaint has been dismissed


The Browns drafted defensive tackle Caleb Brantley in the sixth round of last month’s draft despite a battery complaint resulting from an incident that allegedly included Brantley punching a woman.

The team left the door open to parting ways with Brantley if their research into what happened led them to believe that was the right course of action, but it doesn’t look like there will be a reason for the team to backtrack.

Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the battery complaint¬†has been dismissed by the Florida State Attorney’s Office. The court records cite “insufficient evidence to sustain a conviction” as the reason for the decision.

“It is obvious that the State Attorney’s Office did a thorough investigation into this case,” Brantley’s attorney Amy Osteryoung said. “It should be equally apparent that we agree with his decision. I spoke with Mr. Brantley and he is both relieved and thankful this investigation has concluded. He is looking forward to beginning the next chapter in his life with the Cleveland Browns.”

Brantley said recently that he has a “chip on his shoulder” to show people who said bad things about him that they were wrong. Wednesday’s development should leave him able to do that with the Browns.

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14 Responses to “Caleb Brantley’s battery complaint has been dismissed”
  1. HankTheDog says: May 17, 2017 1:47 PM

    Good! Now let’s see the accuser put under a microscope and possibly charged for filing a false report!

  2. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: May 17, 2017 1:56 PM

    If I were him I’d be so pissed I wouldn’t be able to see straight. I hope he becomes a good player for the Browns.

  3. BayAreaBrownsBacker says: May 17, 2017 2:03 PM

    Wow- Did the Browns get a steal on this pick or what?

  4. smithdp says: May 17, 2017 2:11 PM

    Not a bad move by the Browns. Some people had Brantley going in round one. Some team should have done this with Lael Collins a few years ago. Take a 7th round flyer on him and if the charges have merit cut him. Instead the Cowboys got him as a free agent for nothing. Lot of 7th rounders were drafted that year who are no longer playing. Collins could be an all pro.

  5. ballboy48 says: May 17, 2017 2:12 PM

    What a steal for the Browns. This kid was projected to be a late first/early second round pick, up until the incident. Feel bad that the kid was portrayed in such a negative light, and could’ve had his career shot down the drain because of a lie, that was substantiated by a security guard in that the woman punched him, and he shoved her to get her away from him.

  6. DawgPound83 says: May 17, 2017 2:17 PM

    Potential starting 3-tech in the 6th? Why yes please.
    Browns gonna have a nasty Dline once Greg Williams gets these youngsters a little seasoning.

  7. blurocpurp says: May 17, 2017 2:24 PM

    This is a prime example of why sports teams should stop trying to legislate the morality of their players. Kid was a second round talent and fell to the sixth without even being convicted of a crime!

  8. LakefrontLegend says: May 17, 2017 2:27 PM

    Browns snag a 2nd round talent in the 6th round and their draft just got even better.

  9. charliecharger says: May 17, 2017 2:33 PM

    There has to be a better way to do this.

  10. joemammy says: May 17, 2017 2:49 PM

    Ben Roethlisberger was talking trash about you, Caleb…

  11. kwjsb says: May 17, 2017 2:50 PM

    The woman admitted to assaulting him first ….. Hitting a woman is not the right thing, but women today want to be treated equally in everything except violence

  12. comatrip1 says: May 17, 2017 2:52 PM

    Absolute steal in the 6th.

  13. sportsfan4life33 says: May 17, 2017 2:54 PM

    Nice! That’s a pretty good pick in the 6th round now that he’s cleared.

  14. illumination666 says: May 17, 2017 5:54 PM

    He got his signing bonus and paid off the girl. While we never have to deal or hear from this again, Caleb has to live the rest of his life knowing he broke a girls face.

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