Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins was arrested on Friday morning and was charged with possession of a controlled substance and simple possession of marijuana. Watkins was released Friday morning on a $1,620 personal recognizance bond. Greg Wallace of the Anderson Independent Mail reports that Watkins was pulled over by Clemson police when his car scraped a curb and a temporary license tag was no illuminated. Police found marijuana and two controlled substances (Adderall and Vyvanease) that Watkins did not have a prescription for. Men's soccer player Amadou-Tidiane Daniel Dia, a sophoomore, was also arrested.
Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney is aware of the arrest and plans to discipline Watkins for the arrest. "I am mad and hurt by the poor decision that Sammy Watkins made", Swinney said. "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.â??
"â??I made a mistake last night and I am truly sorry for my actions," Watkins said in a statement released by Clemson. "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.â??
Watkins was a first team AP All-American as a freshman with 82 cathes for 1219 yards and 12 TD grabs. Heismanpundit.com has him on a preseason watch list of 18 players across the country as a contender for the Heisman along with Clemson QB Tahj Boyd.