Sammy Watkins: Clemson Superstar Arrested Early Friday Morning

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 04:  Sammy Watkins #2 of the Clemson Tigers runs for yards after the catch in the first quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers  during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 4, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Clemson Tigers are the latest team to have a star player arrested as offseason trouble continues to hit college football programs. 

According to, Sammy Watkins was arrested by university police. 

However, the reason for the stud wide receiver's arrest remains unknown at this time. 

Update: May 4, 12:15 p.m. ET 

The Big Lead received an e-mail from Clemson detailing Watkins' arrest. 

Per an email from Clemson, the arrest was for possession of controlled substance and simple possession of marijuana. Both are misdemeanors.

Update: May 4, 12:20 p.m. ET 

Greg Wallace covers the Clemson sports for Anderson Independent-Mail, and he tweeted why Watkins was arrested.

Per CUPD, Watkins was arrested for marijuana possession and 2 schedule-2 non-narcotic pills for which he didn't have prescription.

— Greg Wallace (@aimclemson) May 4, 2012

Update: May 4, 12:30 p.m. ET 

Wallace continues his excellent reporting by tweeting which pills Watkins had on him.

The pills in Watkins' possession were Adderall and lisdexanfetamine (Vyvanase), both Schedule 2 drugs.

— Greg Wallace (@aimclemson) May 4, 2012

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney released a statement, and CollegeFootballTalk tweeted it for everyone.

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 had something to say, and CollegeFootballTalk was there once again tweeting out the receiver's statement

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.


It didn't take long for the truth to finally come out, and there's no doubt that this is crushing blow for the Tigers. 

The last ting Clemson needed was off-the-field troubles to interfere with their offseason schedule. Keep it locked to Bleacher Report and we'll let you know the consequences for Watkins' actions once they're revealed. 

Clemson City Police Chief Jimmy Dixon told WSPA that he would not comment on what took place, as his department did not make the arrest, and said that further information could be obtained by the Clemson University Police Department. 

Meanwhile, WSPA reports that "calls to the university's police chief have not yet been returned." 

This is a very intriguing story, especially since it surrounds such a prominent player for the Tigers. Watkins burst onto the scene as a freshman last season, making a significant impact as Clemson quickly asserted itself atop the ACC.

If you follow college football, you know about the Tigers' late season collapse. Still, Watkins continued to put up superb numbers throughout the year. 

He had 82 receptions for 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2011, and expectations indicate that Watkins should be even better for Clemson in 2012.

However, his future with the team is now a big mystery. 

Stay tuned with Bleacher Report and our college football coverage as we update you with the latest news as it comes. 



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