Clemson University's star football player Sammy Watkins has applied for pre-trial intervention, a move toward expunging his recent drug charges, his attorney and prosecutors confirmed Wednesday.
Bob Ariail, who represents Watkins, said his client applied for PTI shortly before retaining him as legal counsel.
Clemson University Police arrested Watkins and soccer player Abadou Dia after officers say they found controlled substances and marijuana during a traffic stop on May 4.
First-time offenders often apply for PTI, a program designed to give the defendant a chance to complete community service in exchange for case dismissal.
13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins, whose office is prosecuting, confirmed Watkins has applied for PTI, but couldn't say whether the athlete has been accepted into the program. The law prevents him from discussing PTI until the program is completed, Wilkins said.
As for Dia, his case is being handled through Clemson University's Municipal Court where Dia was scheduled to appear Wednesday at 5.
Also on Wednesday, the university released dashcam video of the arrest after media outlets filed freedom of information requests. Initially the university denied the request, but this week, it decided to release the video after the athletes' attorneys agreed.
The video is 47 minutes long, and Watkins and Dia appear calm and cooperative during the entire incident.
However, what was said during the first 40 minutes of the video was not captured because the officer's microphone was broken.
"The officer's microphone malfunctioned," Clemson University Spokesman John Gouch wrote in a statement. "When CUPD reviewed the video they discovered the problem. They did an audit of videos from that vehicle for the previous month and discovered the microphone didn't work 30 percent of the time. They sent it to be repaired."
In the video, officers search the car and both men, and take two pills (later identified as Vyvanse and Adderall) from Watkins' pocket. Officers also found a bag of marijuana on Dia, according to the police department.
After he was put into the cruiser, Watkins yelled to the officer, "Sir! Sir! I got some [marijuana] on me also ... some more in my pants."
"Where at in your pants?" the officer asks.
"All the way in there," Watkins said, and added, "under my crotch, sir, under my crotch."
As the officer took Watkins to jail, the rising sophomore expressed concerns about who was going to tow his older model Cadillac from the scene and how much it was going to cost.
Toward the end of the recording the officer told Watkins, "I appreciate you being so respectful with me."
"Yes sir, you're welcome."
Head Coach Dabo Swinney hasn't yet announced what disciplinary action, if any, he'll take, but the university's sports department released this statement on Wednesday:
"Sammy Watkins made Academic Honor roll for second semester. First Clemson football player to make AP First-team All-American and academic honor roll in same year since David Treadwell (1987-88)."