It was announced today that — perhaps the best player for Clemson going into the 2012 season — Sammy Watkins, was arrested for possession of marijuana and Adderall and an Vyvanse. Sound the siren, call the Feds. It looks like Watkins was driving while a college student.
If you know anyone who went to college in the past dozen years, the only thing more common than weed and Adderall was booze. As a matter of fact, it would be silly to count the former two as any less available than the latter one.
The NCAA likes to say “student-athlete,” because it allows colleges to straight-up use athletes for their own gain. If you’re going to use “student-athlete” as a serious phrase, you can’t freak out about every football player associated with “demon weed.” Or Adderall, a widely-used and abused study aid — the old joke on campuses is that it’s easily found from sorority sisters.
So, before you judge Sammy Watkins, realize what he is. A student-athlete. With the “student” part coming first, with all its good and bad qualities.
by J.L. Mann Cromer, Jr., who served as the only true independent member of the South Carolina General Assembly from 1990-1998. Currently, he is a general practice attorney in Columbia, S.C., concentrating in probate and estate planning, criminal defense and personal injury law.