Ole Miss officials have reportedly confirmed that a text message exchange posted to Laremy Tunsil’s Instagram during the 2016 NFL draft did occur, but has yet to determine whether the messages were altered, according to ESPN.
The messages show Tunsil asking the school’s assistant athletic director John Miller for money in order to pay his mother’s utility bill.
Tunsil was selected with the No. 13 pick in the draft by the Miami Dolphins. During a press conferences following his selection, Tunsil first denied but then admitted to taking money from an Ole Miss coach.
In addition to the apparent hacking of Tunsil’s Instagram account, which led to the messages being posted, Tunsil’s Twitter account seemed to be tampered with as well. Prior to the start of the draft, a video was tweeted from his account showing the offensive tackle smoking from a bong.
The NCAA is currently investigating allegations against the Ole Miss athletic department, which the school was notified of in January. Ole Miss officials are expected to respond to the allegations later this month.