Laremy Tunsil's got a lot of enemies.
Entering the NFL Draft on Thursday night, the offensive tackle was thought to be the best player in the entire 2016 class by many NFL analysts, including ESPN's renowned Mel Kiper Jr.
But his stock quickly suffered a free fall thanks to a damaging video being posted to Tunsil's Twitter account just before the draft kicked off. The footage shows Laremy wearing a gas mask and smoking some substance from a bong. Although the tweet was deleted minutes after it was posted, the damage was done as one NFL team after another passed on the offensive lineman's services.
Of course, when something is posted online it lives forever. So here's the video:
In particular, the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans even drafted an O-lineman with the No. 6 and No. 8 pick, respectively, even though they were thought to be inferior to Tunsil at the same position.
Laremy's night of cold sweats finally ended when the Miami Dolphins selected him with the 13th overall pick in the draft. Tunsil's slide down accounted for a $7 million-plus loss in salary, as reported by Forbes. Deion Sanders flat out asked him about the video, which scared teams away, and if rumored reports of Tunsil's stepfather leaking the footage was true.
To that, Tunsil called the incident a mistake that happened years ago and added that his Twitter account was hacked, but he wasn't willing to throw anyone under the bus for posting it. Peep.
Tunsil's stepdad, Lindsey Miller, later told TMZ Sports that he wasn't the one who hacked Laremy's Twitter account and posted the damaging footage.
"I don't know nothing about no video," Miller said. "I'm not even watching the draft. I was a Red Cross volunteer of the year. I would never do anything like this."
TMZ added that Miller was an easy scapegoat because he and Tunsil had filed domestic violence charges against each other last year.
Wow...a lot going on here. If Laremy's stepdad didn't post the video, though, who did?
The craziest thing about Tunsil's situation Thursday night was it wasn't the only controversy that swirled around the prospect, as he also admitted to accepting money from his former Ole Miss coaches — something that would be an NCAA violation.
Damn...the Dolphins better hope that there are no more issues with their newly drafted star.
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