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Report: Callaway’s accuser will boycott hearing

ESPN reported Friday that a hearing scheduled today (Friday) for Antonio Callaway about a supposed sexual assault incident in December will be boycotted by the woman and her family because they deem the process unfair given the adjudication of the hearing by a University of Florida former athlete and booster.

A process that has taken seven months to happen looked to come to a close on Friday after Callaway was allowed back into school for the Summer-B semester and started working out with his team again including participating in the first practice held on Thursday.

The woman in the case has never been identified and according to the ESPN report she never filed a report with the police and instead took her complaint to the student conduct and conflict office on the Florida campus.

The family through the lawyer spoke out about the meeting scheduled Friday in a letter written to 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," Clune wrote in letter sent Friday morning to UF deputy general counsel Amy Hass. "To be clear, [the complainant] remains very willing to participate in a fair and unbiased disciplinary process. Mr. Calloway's 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."

The person in charge of the meeting, according to ESPN’s report is former is attorney Jake Schickel who graduated with a Bachelors and Law degree from Florida and is a trustee for the Levin College of Law. Schickel is also a former track athlete with the Gators and a scholarship football donor. All of it adds up to reasons the plaintiff’s family insist are a conflict of interest in the case.

In a back handed way, lawyer John Clune of Boulder Colorado, the one making the remarks here, wrote to UF general deputy council Amy Hass on August 2

"To be clear, this letter is not intended to cast any aspersions about Mr. Schickel's character or his service to his alma mater," Clune wrote. "However, UF should never have asked him to serve as an objective reviewer and decision-maker on this matter when the claim has been brought against a star member of the very team for which both he and his law partners have provided considerable financial support.

"Quite frankly, short of finding a relative of Mr. Calloway, I'm not sure how UF could have found someone with more conflicts [than] Mr. Schickel."


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