Clemson student-athletes Watkins, Dia arrested on marijuana charges

Amadou Dia (photo courtesy Clemson Athletics)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP, WACH) -- Clemson All-American receiver Sammy Watkins was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and a controlled substance on Friday.

Watkins and soccer player Amadou-Tidiane Daniel Dia were stopped by university police after an officer saw the car scrape a curb and the temporary license tag was not lit. The police report said an officer smelled marijuana in the car and a subsequent search found two pills for which Watkins did not have a prescription.

Dia, 18, was charged with marijuana possession.

Watkins, 18, was released on a $1,620 personal recognizance bond. Dia was released on a $620 personal recognizance bond.

In a statement released through the University, Watkins said, "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.â??

â??I am aware of the arrest last night," said head football coach Dabo Swinney. "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.â??

Watkins set Clemson records with 82 catches for 1,219 yards and 12 touchdown receptions.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)