November 29, 2015

Here are the statements from Swinney, Watkins and TDP

Dabo Swinney is not happy with Sammy Watkins (file photo)

Here is the official release from Clemson on the arrest of Sammy Watkins (along with a men’s soccer player) including statements from Watkins, Dabo Swinney and Terry Don Phillips.

The Details (as explained by Clemson SID):

Samuel B. Watkins IV, 18, a freshman communication studies major from Fort Myers, Fla., and member of the football team, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and simple possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors.

Amadou-Tidiane Daniel Dia, 18, a freshman in parks, recreation and tourism management from Highlands Ranch, Colo., and member of the men’s soccer team, was charged with simple possession of marijuana.

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 tag was not illuminated. When the officer pulled the car over in a parking lot off Commons Court, he smelled marijuana. During a search he found marijuana and two pills for which Watkins did not have a prescription.

The men were arrested and taken to the Clemson City Jail. Watkins was released Friday morning on a $1,620 personal recognizance bond, and Dia was released on a $620 personal recognizance bond.

 Statement from Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney:

“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.”

Statement from Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins

“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.” 

Statement from Clemson Athletic Director Dr. Terry Don Phillips

“I was made aware of the arrest of these two student-athletes early this morning. From a departmental standpoint I have been in consultation with both coaches today and will continue to over the next few days regarding this situation.”

Print pagePDF pageEmail page


  1. Mark Goldstein says:

    time to cut the losses

  2. Cockytop says:

    We all need to rally around the police officer that made the arrest. His courage and dedication to the “no one is above the law” stance is commendable to say the least. A bake sale to raise money for a bullet proof vest for the arresting officer is not out of the question!

  3. What a total disappointment. This guy appeared to be a role model for the younger generation and everyone had high expectations. Yes, everyone can make a mistake but you also can’t un-ring a bell. He should be dismissed from the team! For that matter, any player who can’t maintain good character and honor the dignity of the school who gave them a scholarship should be shown the door. Of course that will never happen becasue winning is more important than character, which is more of a travessty than be arrested for drug charges!.

  4. Country Boy says:

    Being a betting man, I would wager that this policeman will be in more trouble than Watkins ever will be.

  5. I have been a tiger my whole life and I have to say we should get rid of the kid. He is the face of the tigers. If u let him off easy the other players will do whatever they want. Why is he driving an escalade and carrying narcotics? Embarrassed tiger.