The attorney for former Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil does not believe revelations of a possible NCAA violation exposed when his client admitted on Thursday to receiving money from a Rebels coach during his time at the school will be a big deal.
“My information is that issue, in and of itself, has already been discussed previously with the NCAA and there was nothing to it,” Tunsil’s attorney, Steve Farese, said on Mad Dog Sports Radio on SiriusXM. “Once the truth comes out about that text, and I hate to make a pun, but the text is taken out of context. And once it is found out what this is all about, it will be much to do about nothing.”
Tunsil was thrust into damage control Thursday night after both his Twitter and Instagram accounts were hacked. Just before the draft started, a video surfaced on Tunsil’s Twitter account of him smoking from a bong fashioned with a gas mask.
Later, text messages posted on Tunsil’s Instagram account appeared to show conversations between Tunsil and Ole Miss assistant athletic director for football operations John Miller. The offensive tackle apparently asks for help paying his rent and his mother’s electric bill.
After Tunsil made the admission to taking money, Ole Miss released this statement Thursday night.
“The University is aware of the reports from the NFL Draft regarding Laremy Tunsil and potential violations during his time at Ole Miss,” the statement read. “Like we do whenever an allegation is brought to our attention or a potential violation is self-discovered, we will aggressively investigate and fully cooperate with the NCAA and the SEC.”
Tunsil, projected as a top-five pick in the draft, fell to No. 13 to the Miami Dolphins. His stepfather, Lindsey Miller, has reportedly filed a lawsuit against him. Miller’s attorney has denied that his client had any involvement in the social media hacks of Tunsil’s accounts.