CLEMSON — Milton Jennings continues to find trouble off the court.
Clemson coach Brad Brownell announced Wednesday that the Tigers’ senior forward will miss tonight’s ACC/Big 10 Challenge game against Purdue due to an undisclosed “violation of team rules.”
According to Pickens County arrest records, Jennings was arrested early Wednesday morning for possession of 0.5 grams of marijuana – first offense. He was released on a $620 personal recognizance bond.
Clemson University Police Department officers were dispatched to Jennings’ on-campus apartment, responding to a smoke detector being removed. A responding office came in contact with two males (one a Clemson student, one not) outside the apartment, and Jennings answered the door.
According to a police incident report, when asked what they were doing, Jennings said the trio was “playing video games and smoking marijuana.”
When asked if there was any marijuana left in the apartment, Jennings stated, “No, sir,” and stated that he had smoked it all, and that he would show that.
Another officer found that marijuana was in plain view in Jennings’ room, atop a video game case. The officer asked Jennings if the marijuana was his, and he replied, “Yes.” He was then placed under arrest for simple possession of marijuana.
Jennings is the Tigers’ leading scorer, averaging 10.8 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game.
When he signed with Clemson four years ago, he was a five-star prospect and the Tigers' first McDonald's All-American since 1991. He has yet to live up to his billing.
This marks his third suspension in 13 months. Jennings was suspended for a game following an on-court altercation with Brownell during a Christmas tournament in Hawaii, and then missed multiple games in February for what was termed an “academic suspension.”
Following Jennings’ return, Brownell said the senior was on “thin ice” with him.
“If he becomes a distraction to the team, with things recurring, we’ve shown we’ll do something about it,” Brownell said. “Take him away from the team, not let him travel, be around the team for a week. He has to realize it’s a privilege to play. Make him understand it. I’ve suspended guys for NCAA games. It doesn’t bother me to suspend a guy for a couple of games.
“It’s the right thing to do, the right message to him and our players. That’s what the program is about, what it’s going to be about. The next part becomes removal. He doesn’t want that, I don’t want that. That’s the last thing you want.”
Before the season began, Jennings said he was trying to be a role model for Clemson’s 10 freshmen and sophomores.
“The thing I’ve talked to Milt about a lot is that he’s an emotional guy, wears his emotion on his sleeve,” Brownell said this fall. “That’s not going to change completely, and that’s OK. You’ve got to get through bad plays, bad times, not have it become negative and seep through our team, because the younger guys are going to be looking at him. I think he understands that and hopefully we’ll see better body language and confidence out of him.”