Laremy Tunsil might be able to recover some of the money he lost by falling to No. 13 in the 2016 NFL Draft.
The Miami Dolphins reportedly think Tunsil’s former financial advisor was behind the social media hack that likely cost the former Ole Miss star millions and the left tackle could seek financial repercussions in a civil lawsuit, according to Inside Ole Miss Sports’ Parrish Alford.
Tunsil may have lost as much as $8 million Thursday night because of his draft day stumble that many believe was caused by a pair of social media hacks.
The first of two hacks occurred just minutes before the draft when a video was posted then immediately deleted from Tunsil’s Twitter account.The video showed Tunsil smoking with the use of a gas mask.
Later in the night, a hack of Tunsil’s Instagram account revealed a text message exchange between Tunsil and Ole Miss associate athletic director of football operations, Scott Miller, that showed Tunsil asking Miller for assistance paying his rent and his mother’s electric bill. Tunsil later admitted that he had received money from the program.
Tunsil could have a case if he can prove malicious intent was involved. He would also have to prove that the hacks played a vital role in his free fall.
Prior to draft night, Tunsil had been projected as high as the No. 1 pick, though a pair of trades for the Nos. 1 and 2 picks led most draft experts to project Tunsil as the No. 3 selection by the San Diego Chargers, after quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz.
Tunsil ended up at No. 13 and with the Dolphins. He was the third offensive lineman selected, falling behind Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley and Michigan State’s Jack Conklin.