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Clemson’s Sammy Watkins arrested on weed charges

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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.

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24 Responses to “Clemson’s Sammy Watkins arrested on weed charges”
  1. fitz66 says: May 4, 2012 12:04 PM

    He was driving 33 in a 70.

  2. kozbee says: May 4, 2012 12:09 PM

    a little herb maybe !

  3. kozbee says: May 4, 2012 12:35 PM

    Smoke a little weed..Sammy.

  4. nicksabansanahole says: May 4, 2012 1:03 PM

    Say it aint so Sammy!!Come On Man!! Drinking beer and having all the women you want isn’t enough. Damn Sammy, now we will be without you for the Auburn game.

  5. seanmmartin says: May 4, 2012 1:06 PM

    This kid’s MO last year was, “Get through three years, get to the pros.”

    Great start in terms of production, bad hiccup here. I’m sure it will blow over.

  6. bradentonbuc says: May 4, 2012 3:27 PM

    Taters gone bad. Probably have to take a salary cut.

  7. silverdeer says: May 4, 2012 7:01 PM

    It has been stated on other sites, that he was driving a new Caddy in his name. Drugs aside, I am curious how he can afford the new ride. Oh wait, he is a star athlete in the SEC….Nevermind.

  8. seanmmartin says: May 4, 2012 7:30 PM


    Is this the first time you’ve heard about Watkins, Clemson, or college football?

  9. silverdeer says: May 4, 2012 8:36 PM

    @seanmmartin. None of the aforementioned. I am just wondering how a kid, whose parents probably work hard to put food on the table can afford to buy the kid a Caddy. Something tells me that something is not right with that situation. Maybe it is legit, but I have to wonder.

  10. seanmmartin says: May 5, 2012 1:45 AM

    Do the people that told you he owns a Caddy, also tell you that Clemson is in the SEC?

  11. jimbo75025 says: May 5, 2012 2:00 AM

    silverdeer says:May 4, 2012 7:01 PM

    It has been stated on other sites, that he was driving a new Caddy in his name. Drugs aside, I am curious how he can afford the new ride. Oh wait, he is a star athlete in the SEC….Nevermind.

    Wow, the SEC expanded again and nobody reported it. Guess we now have a new team to match up with the mystery team in NC (as per Texas AM)

  12. silverdeer says: May 5, 2012 6:49 AM


    I want to apologize for the comments made under my ID. My 12 yr old son had gotten on my laptop and made the comments under my name as I was still logged into CFT. Needless to say, I have chewed his ass and he also now realizes that Clemson is not in the ACC. Again sorry.

  13. cuckflemson says: May 5, 2012 7:04 AM

    Your son speaks well, and uses some pretty big words for a 12 yo…?? And btw, Clemson is in the ACC.

  14. jonhall1980 says: May 5, 2012 9:22 AM

    I believe whats lost in this whole deal is that the BEST player on Clemson was pulled over because his temporary tag was not illuminated. Meaning Clemson has not learned its lesson and some how their athletes are still receiving benefits like new cars….lol. Here comes the NCAA….again.

  15. jimbo75025 says: May 5, 2012 11:09 AM

    cuckflemson says:May 5, 2012 7:04 AM

    Your son speaks well, and uses some pretty big words for a 12 yo…?? And btw, Clemson is in the ACC.


    Amen. I have two college degrees and would have to use spellcheck if I even wanted to reference the work aforementioned. Sounds like somebody farted and is trying to blame the dog.

  16. kozbee says: May 5, 2012 11:33 AM

    2 narco pills and some weed and coach Dabo says Sammy is a great kid and been a model student, citizen, player and teammate.Well sorry to burst your bubble coach Dabo he`s no better then the rest of the dope heads and weed smokers out there and surely hes no role model for kids.By the way Sammy if you don`t know yes they also test in the NFL for weed and pill poppers also.Get a change of life or be a dope for the rest of your life.

  17. drjem says: May 5, 2012 12:33 PM

    TO: kozbee

    “koz,” of course you’re correct. Perhaps I am too old, too set in my ways, possess an entirely different set of values…but my mother didn’t raise a fool & besides, just “COMMON” sense would tell the dumbest of athletes that doing weed & possessing a class II (schedule 2) chemical is anathema to sound judgement. You’re so correct when you say that “he’s no role model for kids.” What a shame…AND, this isn’t the first time this has happened with Sammy. BUT, wait……(what did dabo the dumbo say…..hmmmmm……..”He is a good young man who has been a model student, citizen, player and teammate.”…………….that’s dumbo’s (or Coach language) for, “No matter what he’s done, I’ll let him play because I am so into myself & winning that the discipline of the athlete is only penultimate in Clemson atmospheric conditions. Oh well!!!

  18. burntorangehorn says: May 5, 2012 1:50 PM

    I’m in the corner of legalizing and controlling marijuana, but (1) it’s still illegal, and thus a poor decision, especially in public, and (2) even if weed were legal, driving under the influence wouldn’t be, and constitutes an even worse decision.

    Let’s see if Swinney has some principles. Some coaches (*cough* Urban *cough*) will only reluctantly suspend someone for something like this, and then only for a game, while principled coaches will suspend a kid for three-plus games or even push him out of the program. Given the three alleged crimes (marijuana possession, rX drug possession, and driving under the influence), three games should be the minimum, and half the season or more would be more appropriate.

  19. rippedoffhead says: May 7, 2012 12:12 PM

    First off, it was a schedule 2 NON-narcotic prescription pills. I take Piroxicam which is a Rx NSAID and if I were to leave any in my wife’s car and she were to get pulled over, she too would receive this charge. So this charge could basically be pointless… like that NFL player last year, I believe, who was pulled over and the cops found Viagra in his car and charged him because he didn’t have a Rx.

    As for the small amount of weed, come onnnnn… Watkins is only 19 and just finished his freshman year in college… he is still learning how to be an adult and make adult decisions (took me longer than 19 to start making great decisions)… this situation shouldn’t come down too hard on him. If he gets arrested for it again, then shame on him and penalty should be stiff. Still though, better weed then many other substances.

  20. drjem says: May 8, 2012 7:50 AM

    TO: Ripped off head

    You obviously have the right (so far in America) to express your opinion (if obammy is re-elected, all bets are off for continued “Free Speech”…….serious statement). Anyway, I also have my right to express my opinion & that is…SAMMY needs to be fired. Cut him lose & quit wasting Clemson’s time!

  21. nicksabansanahole says: May 8, 2012 11:18 AM

    drjem, you have obviously been smoking something yourself to think that Clemson would “fire” sammy watkins. The kid is an unbelievable talent and everyone gets a second chance. I am quite sure that you have never made a mistake in your life. You must be a Gamecock because they are the only ones that would be stupid enough to make a comment like that.

  22. drjem says: May 8, 2012 8:24 PM

    TO: nicksabansanahole

    Nick, I’ll keep this response “civil” because I am a civil man. To answer your question(s) in turn; I’m NOT a goody-goody two shoes, so of course I’ve made my share of mistakes. AND… I do believe in 2nd chances; but not 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc.

    Nick, look… I’ve never used an illicit drug in my life. NEVER had a drink in my life (my father was a hopeless alcoholic & I just never got into that stuff), hence I can’t speak from personal experience; I can only speak from seeing patients come in the ER. Observing their never ending misery with their poor choices. Additionally Nick, I’ve never smoked an illicit drug. There is a plethora of ways to say this & myriad avenues to go down to get there. BUT, I suspect the best way is to just come out & say it. And, that is….we’ve all done things (including you) that we’d rather our mothers not know about. However, that doesn’t render us immune from practicing “common sense” even at the tender age of being a fairly new college student.

    As regards being a Gamecock fan, W R O N G. BUT, my brother is a Carolina Grad. Me? I graduated from undergraduate & medical school at the “U.” AND…, we (the “U”) isn’t what it used to be; but Donna Shalala is anathema to sound judgments here in south Florida; after all as President of the “U,” she ignored as well as wasted the opportunity to hire Coach Mike Leach.

    Now, on a personal note (and I’m serious here Nick), I have and hope to continue to read your blogging opinions here. I think you are a knowledgeable guy (referencing football that is) & I appreciate the chance to learn from your football prowess & opinions. I just don’t agree with your philosophy or opinion as regards “Sammy.”

  23. nicksabansanahole says: May 9, 2012 11:55 AM

    drjem I appreciate your “civil” response. I would really appreciate a link to any evidence you have of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th chances that Sammy has been given. It would definitely change my opinion of him as well as the Clemson program as a whole. i am an open minded individual and well welcome all evidence you have of this. I just don’t think its fair to label a 19 year old kid the way you have with out offering any proof. I am not even going to take a shot at you about the “U” because I actually respect the football factory that they used to be and some of my favorite players have come from there but come on if every player that came from the U that got kicked out of school for doing something similar to that which Sammy did then some of the best NFL players of our lifetime would have never made it through college. I appreciate your integrity and I am sure that your brother was ecstatic about the news.

  24. drjem says: May 9, 2012 1:13 PM

    TO: Nicksaban’s …….

    Nick, thanks for your message answering mine.

    FIRST….you’re right. I have NO evidence he has been an offender more than this one time @ Clemson. He did have one other “MINOR” altercation back in high school; but, I can forgive that. (By all accounts, this is Watkins’ first major misstep. Friday, Grant Redhead, who coached him at South Fort Myers (Fla.) High School, said he had one minor disciplinary issue in four years – late paperwork that forced him to miss one practice as a senior.) So, I stand corrected on “multiple” discipline problems.

    Thanks for your gentlemanly reply to me (message) & again…I look forward to reading your opinions here. OH!!!….you’re correct again…..we didn’t exactly have angels at the “U.” AND…as you said, the “U” did place some talented guys in the NFL. Anyway, thanks again for your post.

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