After a bizarre draft night, the potential number one pick out of Ole Miss fell down the draft board to thirteenth.
Just before the NFL draft began, Laremy Tunsil’s Twitter account posted a video of him smoking marijuana. It would soon after be deleted but it was up just long enough for the internet to see and for people to believe he was getting high right before his big night. Around thirty minutes later the account was deleted but it showed an example of the problems Tunsil faces off the field.
After watching his stock in the draft fall every round, the disappointed offensive lineman was finally picked up by the Dolphins. Many sports analysts are calling it a steal by the team.
At first, Tunsil refrained from confirming it was him in the video but eventually, he confessed saying, “I made that mistake several years ago.” Tunsil claims that his twitter was hacked and that he did not in fact post the video.
Dolphins GM, Chris Grier, told the media that the team was aware of the video well before the draft and that it was two years old, squashing the earlier beliefs that he was smoking just before the draft.
But this wouldn’t be the end of the dramatic night.
As he was walking on stage to be congratulated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Tunsil’s instagram account was also hacked, posting a message between Tunsil and an Ole Miss staff member. In the message, Tunsil asked for money from the school.
In an interview after all of this, he was asked if he did indeed take money from coaches. In a response to this Tunsil said, “I’d have to say yeah.”
In his junior year, the six-foot-five, 310 pound lineman was suspended for seven games after the NCAA discovered he was given benefits and three loaned cars in a six month time span.
Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze (who attended the draft with Tunsil) told the media, “First of all, I believe in him…that doesn’t mean mistakes have not happened. … I assure you that’s not who he is.”
The Titans were quite interested in a successful lineman to protect quarterback Marcus Mariota, but they traded their number one pick with the Rams. However, the Titans still had yet another chance to draft Tunsil in the tenth overall pick, but they passed and chose Michigan State left tackle Jack Conklin instead.
Tunsil’s teammate with his own drug issues, Defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, told the media, “It’s heartbreaking because I love that dude and he’s such a good person. I can’t wait to see what he does in the NFL.”
Nkemdiche was chosen as the twenty-ninth overall, being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals.
Last June Tunsil and his stepfather had an altercation where both men were charged with domestic violence against one another. Tunsil’s stepfather filed a lawsuit against him Tuesday but the charges would be dismissed.
It is not yet clear who hacked the accounts and whether or not the university or Tunsil will face any punishments.