Watkins arrested

Sophomore wide receiver Sammy Watkins was charged with possession of a controlled substance and simple possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors, Friday night.



Watkins was arrested when police stopped the car he was driving after an officer saw it scrape against a curb on campus and because the temporary license tag was not illuminated. When the officer pulled the car over in a parking lot off Commons Court, he smelled marijuana. During a search he found marijuana and two pills for which Watkins did not have a prescription.

Watkins was arrested and taken to the Clemson City Jail before being released Friday morning on a $1,620 personal recognizance bond, and Dia was released on a $620 personal recognizance bond.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney released the following statement:

"I am aware of the arrest last night. I am mad and hurt by the poor decision that Sammy Watkins made. He is a good young man who has been a model student, citizen, player and teammate.

"This is a reminder that good people make poor decisions. But, there are consequences for your actions...and there will be in this case.

"I am in the process of gathering the facts and discipline will be determined when I have completed that process."

Watkins also released a statement Friday afternoon:

"I made a mistake last night and I am truly sorry for my actions. I let the team down, the coaches down and this University down. I will learn from this. I will accept any discipline Coach Swinney and the University issues."

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