A Penn State basketball player cut to the front of the line at McDonald’s on Sept. 29 and punched a man in the face after he was confronted about it, according to State College police.
Redshirt junior forward Mike Watkins was charged with disorderly conduct on Oct. 1, as first reported by the Daily Collegian. He has not yet entered a plea.
The 23-year-old from Philadelphia was also charged with possession of marijuana in June. After Penn State police found a metal grinder containing marijuana in his team duffel bag, Watkins said, “Ahh, that’s old, man.”
Both alleged incidents came after he was also charged for smashing a window at Baby’s Burgers and Shakes in September 2016, according to StateCollege.com. He was accepted into an accelerated rehabilitative disposition program three months later, but it was revoked in May after he failed to comply with the program’s conditions.
He led the Nittany Lions in rebounds (8.9 per game), blocks and field goal percentage last season, to go along with 12.2 points. He missed the last nine games of the season due to a right knee injury.
“Watkins is working with Coach (Patrick) Chambers and cooperating with authorities to resolve his ongoing legal matters,” a Penn State spokeswoman said during men’s basketball media day Tuesday afternoon. Penn State men’s basketball had no further comment on the issue, she said.
When asked directly about Watkins, Chambers said: “We’re trying to help and guide, we’re trying to give the kid a chance. Let us do our due diligence, let us give the kid a chance. If not, he’s going to wind up back on the streets.”
Watkins was reportedly dealing with an injury, and was not available to the media.