Despite what some fans may think, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins was not driving a Cadillac Escalade when he was pulled over and arrested last week. The police report only indicated Watkins was driving a “white Cadillac” but that was enough to fuel rampant assumptions that he was the owner of a high-end SUV. Escalades go for 40,000 dollars or more, so how could Sammy Watkins afford one?
Turns out he probably couldn’t.
As you can see in the picture to the right, Watkins drives what appears to be a White
2008 Cadillac Deville or DTS 1999 Cadillac Deville. Depending on the mileage, you can purchase one of these cars from anywhere between 8,000-20,000 500 and 2000 dollars. The one in the picture does not have special rims and would not appear to be one of the higher end versions of the car.
Clemson officials are aware of the vehicle Watkins drives and have not deemed it to be anything out of the ordinary in terms of make, model or cost.
For the folks wondering how some college athletes pay for cars, remember in addition to athletic scholarships, some players receive need based grants which he or she can use as supplemental income. Lots of college students, not just athletes, receive so-called “change checks” they can use for non-academic expenses.
Also, at the risk of pointing out the obvious, athletes (like regular students) also have family members to co-sign or assist them in the purchase of a vehicle.
*UPDATE: Since the time this story was published we have learned Watkins was driving a 1999 Caddy, not a 2008. Obviously a 13 year-old car comes with a much smaller cost. We have corrected both items in the story.