NFL Draft night was supposed to be the best day of Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil’s young life. The 21-year-old was projected to go as high as the top five on Thursday night before disaster struck. But just minutes before the draft was set to begin, a video tweeted out from Tunsil’s own account showed him wearing a gas mask connected to a bong.
Deadspin reports that the video had been shopped around previously, presumably to media outlets, by an unknown source. Tunsil’s agent Jimmy Sexton told ESPN, “It is BS. Somebody hacked into his account.”
Nevertheless, ESPN’s Jon Gruden blamed Tunsil for the Twitter indiscretion, saying “this whole social media scene makes me sick.”
It’s worth noting that Tunsil has been embroiled in a nasty family legal battle. The Clarion-Ledger reports:
A lawsuit filed late Tuesday afternoon at the Lafayette County Courthouse by Starkville attorney Matthew Wilson of behalf of Miller alleges that Tunsil attacked Miller last June and that Tunsil defamed Miller’s character. The lawsuit alleges these two things were an “intentional infliction of emotional distress.”
Tunsil was ultimately selected by the Miami Dolphins with the No. 13 pick in the first round.