CLEMSON — Less than 15 months ago, Jadar Johnson and C.J. Fuller were basking in the glory of the Clemson football team's first national championship in 35 years. Today, the two former football players could be facing up to 35 years in prison.
Johnson and Fuller, along with former Duke football player Quaven Ferguson, were arrested and charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime Wednesday.
All three appeared in bond court Thursday morning and each were given a $25,000 surety bond. By the end of the day, all three had posted bond and were released from the Clemson City Jail. The men will be required to wear GPS ankle monitors and they are not permitted to leave the state of South Carolina.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, through a spokesperson, declined to comment, saying he wants to get more information.
The incident reportedly occurred around 4 p.m. Wednesday in an apartment located in the Sloan Street area of downtown Clemson. According to arrest warrants from the Clemson City Police Department, the three men allegedly knocked on the door of two victims and forced their way into the apartment at gun point after the door was opened.
Johnson, Fuller and Ferguson then allegedly presented and pointed a handgun at a victim inside before taking a victim's cell phone and a large amount of cash from the kitchen cabinet and a nightstand in a bedroom. The men left the apartment and headed in the direction of a downtown parking deck. Police were able to identify them by video from a City of Clemson parking deck and they were arrested without incident.
The men were in a white Mercedes registered to a family member of one of them, the warrant says. According to the police report, the victims were a 20-year-old female and a 21-year-old male.
This is Johnson's second arrest in less than five months. He was arrested in Clemson for malicious injury to real property of $2,000 or less on Nov. 17, 2017.
Johnson and Fuller were both leaders on the Tigers' football team, and Fuller was Clemson's starting running back at the beginning of the 2017 season before losing the starting job to Tavien Feaster. Fuller made his intentions of transferring known earlier this offseason. Swinney said Fuller would graduate from Clemson this spring and then transfer to a school where he could get more playing time.
As for Johnson, just two weeks ago the Orangeburg native was working out at Clemson's Pro Day to give himself a second chance at the NFL after he abruptly retired from football for personal reasons before the 2017 NFL season began. He spoke of the importance of mental health earlier this month while at Clemson.
"He looks great," Swinney said on March 14. "I had several teams asking me about him out there (during Pro Day).
"I knew what he was walking away from (when he retired from football) and this guy loves football. It was just kind of an odd thing to me. But we had a great conversation ... He seemed like he was in a good place and it was just what he wanted to do and he had his reasons."
Ther next court appearance for the men is set for May 17 at 8:30 a.m. in Pickens County Circuit Court.