Penn State center Mike Watkins was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia on Monday. Police reportedly found a marijuana grinder in Watkins' team-issued duffel bag during a search of his apartment. Per the Centre Daily Times' report on the incident, a cooperative Watkins responded "Ahh, that's old ... man" when police questioned him about the grinder.
Police were reportedly searching Watkins' apartment in University Park on reports that Watkins was in possession of an unregistered gun. Per the CDT, no gun was procured but three .40-caliber bullets were found in a suitcase in the apartment. StateCollege.com's Ben Jones reports Watkins showed the officers a concealed carry permit during the search.
Penn State's associate athletic director Jeff Nelson provided this statement to the CDT:
"We are aware of the incident and take this situation seriously. We hold our student-athletes to high standards and will address this violation of team rules."
Watkins previously served a two-game suspension to open the 2017-18 season for an undisclosed violation of team rules. He also missed the end of the season with a knee injury which kept him out of the Big Ten Tournament and the NIT. Nazeer Bostick, who has since transferred out of Penn State to St. Peter's, was charged with marijuana possession during the Nittany Lions' NIT championship run in March.