Bong Photo May Have Cost NFL Draft Pick Millions

He claims his Twitter account was hacked
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2016 3:48 PM CDT
Bong Photo May Have Cost NFL Draft Pick Millions
Mississippi’s Laremy Tunsil poses for photos after being selected by the Miami Dolphins as the 13th pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Despite being drafted 13th overall by the Miami Dolphins with a contract worth an expected $12.4 million, Thursday was a bad day for Laremy Tunsil. CBS News reports the University of Mississippi offensive lineman was expected to go much higher—to the Baltimore Ravens with the sixth pick—which would have earned him an estimated $20.4 million. Tunsil's potentially $8 million loss is almost certainly due to a video allegedly showing him smoking pot out of a gas mask bong that was posted to his Twitter account minutes before the start of the NFL Draft.

But it didn't end there for Tunsil. According to the Washington Post, screenshots of a private conversation between Tunsil and a Mississippi coach were posted to his Instagram account while he was at the draft. The conversation shows Tunsil requesting money to pay his mother's utility bill, among other things, in violation of NCAA rules. Tunsil admitted being in the video—which he says was filmed years ago—and asking for money but says someone hacked his social media accounts to post the incriminating images. One possible suspect: his stepfather Lindsay Miller. Miller filed a lawsuit against Tunsil on Tuesday claiming Tunsil assaulted him and defamed him last June. Tunsil claims he was protecting his mother from Miller. (More NFL stories.)

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