Laremy Tunsil’s social media posts lead to bizarre, dramatic fall
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Laremy Tunsil tried to explain what happened Thursday night — when he dropped from a potential No. 3 overall pick to the Dolphins at No. 13, the result of a thoroughly modern, bizarre and shocking social media meltdown — with the understatement of the millennium.
“You can’t trust everybody,” he said.
But can teams trust Tunsil?
Minutes before the draft began, his Twitter account posted a video of Tunsil smoking a marijuana-like substance out of gas mask.
“Somebody hacked into my account,” the Ole Miss tackle said later. “I made that mistake several years ago and somehow somebody got into my photos and hacked my Twitter account.
“And somebody just hacked my Instagram account. It’s getting crazy. I can’t control it man.”
His Instagram account posted, during the draft, what appears to be Tunsil asking Ole Miss staffers for money to pay his rent and his mother’s light bill.
In a post-draft press conference after being selected by Miami, Tunsil denied taking money once — and then said it did happen.
“I’d have to say, ‘Yeah,” he said.
Soon thereafter, he was whisked off stage by a public relations staffer and into a room with closed doors.
Earlier this week, Tunsil was sued by his stepfather, Lindsey Miller, who is accusing Tunsil of attacking him and defaming his character in an incident last summer.
But the player hesitated to place blame on anyone for the hack, while apologizing for his mistakes.
“I don’t know who did it,” he said.
He said no one else had access to his accounts.
“I just have my password,” he said. “That’s my password. And I don’t know how that got out, but it happens.”
His teammate, Crete-Monee alum Laquon Treadwell, will play receiver for the Vikings; he was drafted No. 23.
Tunsil was once considered the likely No. 1 overall pick — until the Titans traded their selection to the Rams. The Titans traded back up from the No. 15 spot to No. 8, and drafted a tackle — but it was Michigan State’s Jack Conklin, not Tunsil.
Former Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase — with whom Tunsil shares an agent, Jimmy Sexton — will coach him with the Dolphins.
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