Two Clemson football players from national championship team arrested, charged with armed robbery

CLEMSON — A pair of former Clemson football players were arrested and charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, Clemson City Police Department Chief Jimmy Dixon confirmed late Wednesday night. 

Jadar Kentrell Johnson, Charlie Bernard Fuller and Quaven Maurice Ferguson are being held at the Clemson City Jail awaiting a bond hearing after an incident that occurred around 4 p.m. Wednesday on Sloan Street in the downtown area of Clemson.

According to a police department release, the trio allegedly knocked on the victim’s apartment door and forced their way inside at gun point when the victim opened the door. Once they were inside, the subjects allegedly took the victim’s cell phone and an undisclosed amount of cash. When they left the apartment, investigators identified them by their vehicle. All three were arrested without incident. 

Johnson is a former Clemson safety who was drafted by the New York Giants in the 2017 NFL Draft, but retired from football before ever taking a snap at the professional level. Needing to take a break from football for personal reasons, Johnson returned to Clemson’s Pro Day as recently as this month for a second chance in this year’s draft as he looked to work on his mental health and get back into football again. Johnson was part of Clemson’s 2016 national championship team and was named first-team All-ACC after a senior season that saw him serve as one of six permanent Clemson captains. 

The 22-year-old identified in the report as Charlie Bernard Fuller is C.J. Fuller, Clemson confirmed. The redshirt junior running back from Clemson’s 2017 team opened the season as the starting running back. Fuller announced during this offseason he would transfer and the thought was that he was looking to receive more playing time elsewhere. The Easley native had 217 yards and three touchdowns on 58 carries through 14 games of the 2017 season. 

Both players have national championship rings with Clemson and Ferguson is a former Duke player who also played at Easley High School when Fuller did. As of late Wednesday night, there was no further information Dixon could provide. 

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