By Staff Report.
Clemson, SC–Clemson University police arrested two students on drug-related charges early Friday.
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 on the arrest of freshman receiver Sammy Watkins
“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 Men’s Soccer Coach Mike Noonan
“I am in the process of collecting the facts in the case involving Amadou Dia. I am obviously very disappointed. His actions go against the values of the Clemson Men’s Soccer Program and there will be disciplinary action.
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.”