Former Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil could have been No. 1 in this year’s NFL draft, but then he got high. Last Thursday, an enemy of Tunsil’s hacked his Twitter account and posted a video of the tackle hitting a gas mask bong for an impressive ten consecutive seconds, according to ESPN.
Though the tweet was deleted minutes later, that was more than enough time to seriously mess the player’s action up. Tunsil was expected to be one of the first overall picks, but fell to 13. The sudden drop likely cost him millions. Worst of all, he’ll have to move to Florida, as the team that finally scooped him up at a bargain was the Miama Dolphins.
Tunsil came clean about the video immediately after its release, admitting that it was him suffocating in the impractical smoking device, but stating that it wasn’t him who posted the video. According to statements, he is “trying to find out” who did the deed, but doesn’t intend to press charges when or if that information comes to light.
The gas mask bit was not the only embarassment hackers posted on Tunsil’s Twitter. Shortly after the player was claimed as a Dolphin, someone posted the screenshot of an alleged text conversation between him and Ole Miss assistant athletic director John Miller in which they discuss paying the rent and utility bills for Tunsil’s mother.
Repeating his response from the previous Twitter hack, Tunsil basically said, “Yeah, I did that but, no, I didn’t post that.” “I made a mistake. That happened,” he said at an NFL news conference, but also told ESPN Radio that he seemed to have no control over his social media.
The Dolphins, for their part, don’t seem too concerned about their new offensive tackle being a fan of cannabis and ethically questionable behavior. They got a good player for a really good price.
“We’re very comfortable with all the information we have on the situation… The video is two years old. So from all the information we have, we are comfortable with it.” Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said after the team had chosen Tunsil. “This is a guy who was No. 2 ranked on our board,” Grier said. “We did not expect him to be there [at No. 13].”