In a draft-night press conference following his selection at No. 13 by the Miami Dolphins, offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil denied, then admitted to taking money from a coach while at Ole Miss.
SI’s Joan Niesen and the MMQB’s Emily Kaplan reported that Tunsil was asked about an exchange of money between he and an unspecified college coach. The question was prompted following an apparent Instagram hack that followed a controversial Twitter hack on Thursday night, the photos appearing to display screenshots of texts between Tunsil and a coach discussing the payment of Tunsil’s mother’s electric bill.
Both Tunsil’s Instagram and Twitter accounts have been deleted.
Tunsil just denied an exchange of money between him and his coach. Then, asked again, said it happened. Then interrupted, ushered off stage.— Joan Niesen (@JoanNiesen) April 29, 2016
Was there an exchange of money between you and your coach?— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) April 29, 2016
Tunsil: I have to say yeah.
Earlier in the night, Tunsil’s Twitter account posted a photo depicting him taking a hit from a bong through a gas mask.
“It was a mistake,” Tunsil acknowledged of the video in an on-stage interview with NFL Network’s Deion Sanders following his selection. “It happened years ago... I did not know about [the video’s posting] at all. I don’t know who it was...my Twitter account got hacked.”
“I’m going to show everybody what type of person I am.” Tunsil also confirmed he that passed all drug tests leading up to the draft.