UPDATED 12:24 p.m. ET: In a press release, Clemson confirmed that Sammy Watkins and a member of the men’s soccer team were charged with simple possession of marijuana early Friday morning. Additionally, Watkins was charged with possession of a controlled substance. The latter charge relates to police finding two schedule-2 non-narcotics pills on Watkins’ person for which he did not have a prescription.
Both of the charges are misdemeanors, and Watkins has already been released from the Clemson City Jail on a $1,620 personal recognizance bond.
The release also detailed what led to the Watkins’ arrest:
The men were arrested when police stopped the car Watkins was driving after an officer saw it scrape against a curb on campus and because the temporary license was not illuminated. When the officer pulled the car over in a parking lot off Common Court, he smelled marijuana. During a search he found marijuana and two pills for which Watkins did not have a prescription.
Watkins and head coach Dabo Swinney both released statements through the school on the receiver’s legal situation.
“I am aware of the arrest last night,” the coach’s statement read. “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.”
“I made a mistake last night and I am truly sorry for my actions,” Watkins said in his statement. “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.”
While the details are very scant at this point in time, WSPA-TV is reporting that Clemson star wide receiver Sammy Watkins was arrested by university police early Friday morning and booked into the City of Clemson’s holding facility.
One of the details currently missing? Exactly what charge or charges Watkins will be facing.
The school has yet to address the situation surrounding Watkins.
As a true freshman last season, Watkins was one of the most electrifying players at the wide receiver position, as well as one of the country’s most exciting return men. He led the Tigers with 82 receptions for 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns. All told, he racked up 2,288 total yards and 13 touchdowns.