Dabo Swinney says Sammy Watkins' punishment still undetermined

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Clemson Football - Sammy Watkins

Watkins going through process before punishment

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— During a media briefing Tuesday, Dabo Swinney was asked about the status of star rising sophomore receiver Sammy Watkins, who was arrested in early May on a pair of drug charges. He has yet to issue a punishment in the matter, and said he’d likely wait until closer to the beginning of the season to do so.

“Sammy has a process he has to deal with and got to fulfill this summer,” Swinney said. “A lot of that is going to depend on how he responds. So far he’s hit a home run in every category in how he’s responded to this situation. Hopefully he’s learned a pretty strong lesson from this. We all make mistakes, and again, as long as lessons are learned, you grow from it and move forward.”

Swinney said he has a “high end and low end” of punishment planned, but when asked if there was any chance Watkins would not miss playing time, he said “probably not.”

Watkins has also applied for pre-trial intervention in the matter.

“What he does this summer, plus some other factors, how he’s handled himself from the day he arrives on this campus, ultimately that will determine what I do,” Swinney said.

He added that fellow five-star recruit Mike Bellamy, who will play this season at a Mississippi junior college after becoming academically ineligible, could conceivably, possibly return to Clemson.

“If he goes and has a great year, gets himself on track academically, does what he’s supposed to as a player, that door’s open,” Swinney said. “That’s solely dependent on him.”

Bellamy could have stayed on campus and sat out this fall, but Swinney said Bellamy is “one of those guys that we don’t think it would have been best for him. He needs to keep developing as a player.”

Bellamy earned his way back onto the spring roster after being sent home from the ACC title game and suspended for the Orange Bowl for being a distraction to his teammates, but didn’t make academic progress.

“It’s disappointing because he made so much improvement in a lot of areas,” Swinney said. “To come up short, academically, it’s frustrating. You don’t feel like you’re getting the chance to finish the race with him. If he wants to, he’ll get back on track and do what he needs to do.

“He’d have been much better having been at Clemson. Hopefully this will be a wakeup call for him. He’s not going to have the same things in place as a junior college as here. This will be one of the things that really help him commit to be his best.”

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TigerMarine writes:

"probably not" BOOOOOOOOO Sorry Dabo that's crap ! I love the kid and my Tigers but this is a very serious issue that deserves BARE MINIMUM one game ! What message does that send to kids !?! Go ahead and smoke a bong then pop whatever pill you want as long as you say your real sorry (you got caught) and work real hard (like I'm positive he would have done anyway) were just gonna forget about it !

SnakeDoctor writes:

in response to TigerMarine:

"probably not" BOOOOOOOOO Sorry Dabo that's crap ! I love the kid and my Tigers but this is a very serious issue that deserves BARE MINIMUM one game ! What message does that send to kids !?! Go ahead and smoke a bong then pop whatever pill you want as long as you say your real sorry (you got caught) and work real hard (like I'm positive he would have done anyway) were just gonna forget about it !

Marine, I think you read that wrong. Dabo was asked if there was a chance that Sammy would NOT miss playing time, to which he replied "probably not". Dabo's answer means that Sammy WILL miss playing time.

TigerMarine writes:

Oops sorry !!! LOL whew I was really sweating Dabos integrity for a few there. Ty

Terri (Inactive) writes:

This is great news about Mike Bellamy.

I hope Dabo Swinney does the rational and just thing:
Place Sammy Watkins on probation. First time offense for a model citizen and a fine and decent member of the Tiger family. Probation is called for.
Nothing harsher.

And Marine.....if my nieces and nephews grow up to be half as nice as Sammy Watkins, I , and their parents, will be thrilled. Everything I have heard about this young man points to a fine gentleman who Clemson is proud to have as one of their own.

slg1285 writes:

What's unforunate here is that any one of us make a similar mistake are we will likely lose our jobs and suffer greater consequences then Sammy. He gets little more than a slap on the wrist. I think he is a great player and a good person, but you have to know better.

The only way to hurt these kids is to take football away from them - he repeats this season the same as last year and he is a sure 1st round pick, he is still going to get his money.

As hard as it is to admit as a fan, he needs to miss time, significant time, because the money and probation will come either way - he needs to know what he did to his team and his university.

gvldude writes:

in response to TigerMarine:

"probably not" BOOOOOOOOO Sorry Dabo that's crap ! I love the kid and my Tigers but this is a very serious issue that deserves BARE MINIMUM one game ! What message does that send to kids !?! Go ahead and smoke a bong then pop whatever pill you want as long as you say your real sorry (you got caught) and work real hard (like I'm positive he would have done anyway) were just gonna forget about it !

how is getting caught with a little marijuana a serious issue?!? It's just harmless pot......

kellytown writes:

How many of you are true tiger fans, Well its hard to tell reading this you should be ashamed of yourself!!! SHUTUP!!! Sammy is part of the CLEMSON family and its up to the law the university and the coach in that order. You know this is how this thing got started about Clemson leaving the ACC and it could have hurt us very much recruiting because of speculation if you were a recruit and read this what would you think as long as you are winning games we are proud of you but make a mistake and we are ready to throw you under the bus. Its time to let it go the process will work and no matter what you say you have absolutly nothing to do with the decision or punishment that sammy will get move on... We are Clemson we take care of our own no matter what any of you say Sammy will be punished no dought.It might be 1 game or more I don't know but I do know this we are Clemson not any one else the right thing will be done...

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