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Sammy Watkins suspended two games for offseason arrest

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The preseason ACC Player of the Year won’t get a chance to make an immediate impact for Clemson this fall.

Specifically, he’ll have to wait two games.

In a release Friday evening, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said wide receiver Sammy Watkins will serve a two-game suspension for his offseason arrest for drug related charges.

“I told Sammy this past May that there would be a high-end (number of games) and a low-end, and it would be up to him as to the length of his suspension,” Swinney said in a prepared statement. “He has done everything we have asked and then some, so the two-game suspension is the low-end. He just finished his responsibilities last week and I met with Bob Arial (Watkins’s lawyer) today to make sure everything had been completed properly.

“The game of football, or a game of football will never be more important to me than teaching young people important life lessons. I have learned that many times something that seems to be the worst thing that can happen to you can become the best thing. I know Sammy will learn from this and use this to make a difference in other people’s lives. I look forward to having number-two back on the field soon.”

In addition to his preseason ACC honors, Watkins has been named to several award watch lists and preseason All-America teams.

“I accept this suspension,” said Watkins. “I made a mistake and realized that when this first happened. One thing we learn in this program is that there are consequences for your actions. The entire summer has been a learning experience. I am ready to get past this and look forward to September 15 when I can return to game day in Death Valley.”

Clemson opens up the season in Atlanta against Auburn before hosting Ball State.

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13 Responses to “Sammy Watkins suspended two games for offseason arrest”
  1. houndofthebaskervols says: Aug 3, 2012 9:13 PM

    ha ha War Damn Eagle!

  2. jonkybon says: Aug 3, 2012 9:27 PM

    Well if anyone doubted it before, Dabo has more integrity and class on his worst day than his chickensh^t rival does on his best. I knew Dabo wouldn’t pull a Spurrier when it came to discipline and sending his entire team as well as the NCAA an object lesson. Despite the crap all Shamecock community spewed, Dabo and Watkins did Clemson proud how they handled Sammy’s trangression. Unlike Garcia and Watley we’ll not see Watkins name in shame again.

  3. grudenthediva says: Aug 3, 2012 9:46 PM

    “Sammy, we need you to learn integrity and responsibility. Stay off the weed. Oh, and by the way, give this to (insert name of high school coach here), it’s his monthly stipend.”

  4. daboiskennethfrom30rock says: Aug 4, 2012 6:23 AM

    @ Jonkybon, it’s hilarious that you think Clemson and Dabo handled this with integrity and class. He took all summer to discipline Watkins, who had clearly and unquestionably broken the law. If you’re retarded enough to think that Dabo handled this swiftly and addressed the problem immediately without delay, you’re more of a moron than I thought. I’ve seen you stand up and defend the penal colony that is UGA multiple times, but even local Clemson beat writers were saying that Dabo showed a complete lack of control over his team by waiting until the very last moment to do something that should have been done within days of his arrest. Dabo can recruit, there’s no denying that, but he pouts like a baby (just see his completely scripted post-USC loss rant last season), can not make half time changes at all, and clearly has no control over his team. Hell his top recruits are using their commitment as leverage to get their friends signed and have more recruitment leverage than Dabo himself, and Datboy claims he pulls scholarships from commits who take more visits, but failed to mention how it doesn’t apply to the more talented prospects. All Nkemdiche has to do is drop his pants, and it’s in Dabo’s mouth in a milli-second with LOI’s for everyone he knows. Even if you think all this is bullshit, no intelligent person who knows dick about football can sit there an honestly claim that Dabo and his cohorts can develop players worth a crap. It doesn’t matter how many 4 and 5 star recruits they bring in, but they aren’t all raw talent like Watkins, and need to be developed, which doesn’t happen at Clemson. Just look at how much time Boyd spent on his back in the NC State and SC games last year, if he doesn’t have 15 seconds in the pocket to let Watkins get open, he panics and makes terrible decisions. The crap storm that is their defense is a whole other story that can be summed up with two words: Orange Bowl. Just look at Bob Stoops’ shining accolades for Venables: “In the past couple of years, for whatever reason — and we’ve really looked at it — our defense hasn’t been quite as strong as what we’ve been used to. Now put the Tater spin on that, and it sounds like Clemson has the best defense in the ultraverse, but put the kool-aid down and read what Stoops is saying and you’ll see that Clemson hiring Venables wasn’t an improvement.

  5. jonkybon says: Aug 4, 2012 8:17 AM


    Thanks for showing your stupidity and lack of knowledge. Dabo told Watkins early onit would be 2 games (if he did everything required) or 4. Dabo just didn’t inform the media.

    You hate for Clemson is blantantly obvious by both your name and the fact you bring the Orange Bowl into a discussion of Watkins punishment.

    The bottom line is Dabo didn’t pull a Spurrier and every player at Clemson is treated equal unlike those jailcocks. What is it two days and counting without a Shamecock being arrested?

  6. jtm12180 says: Aug 4, 2012 8:33 AM

    Daboiskenneth, well said and dead on!

  7. onbucky96 says: Aug 4, 2012 9:46 AM

    Ah, the ACC steps up efforts to match SEC in suspensions.

  8. bertenheim says: Aug 4, 2012 12:55 PM

    So he’ll be back in time for FSU.

  9. latchbeam says: Aug 4, 2012 3:19 PM

    Auburn would have suspended his Dad.

  10. latchbeam says: Aug 4, 2012 3:21 PM

    Drugs = 2 games… Tatoos = 5 to 10 games… stay classy Clemson!

  11. giselleisasucubus says: Aug 5, 2012 12:00 PM

    Got to be more careful w/your weed, Sammy.

  12. jonkybon says: Aug 6, 2012 9:09 AM

    The old ball sack proves everything I’ve said about South Crapolina. He suspends a QB for underage drinking and driving and reinstates him less than a week later in time for fall camp. The Shamecocks and the Old Ball Sack are a crock!!!

  13. clemsonstillsucks says: Sep 5, 2012 10:56 PM

    LOL. Yet once again Jerkyourmeat opens his mouth and validates his IQ.

    “Squeal like a pig, boy!”

    All kidding aside – you’re really Rocky Balboa, aren’t you?

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