Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze’s attorneys have requested restrictions to be placed on a possible deposition in a lawsuit filed against former offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil by his stepfather, Lindsey Miller, according to The Clarion Ledger’s Daniel Pauling.
Freeze’s representation has filed a motion for protective order that states there is no reason to depose Freeze as a part of this lawsuit. It also requests that if Freeze were to be deposed, any statement made by Freeze would be conducted through written questions, would involve only Freeze’s conversations with Tunsil about his stepfather, that only people involved in the case be in attendance and that the statement would be sealed pending court order, according to Pauling.
The lawsuit against Tunsil challenges the lineman’s claim that an altercation with Miller was in defense of his mother. The suit claims Tunsil’s account of the altercation was fabrication and that he told this account to Freeze and other Ole Miss coaches, according to Pauling. It also requests to depose offensive line coach Matt Luke and assistant athletic director of football operations John Miller.
Freeze apparently wants to keep this situation under wraps as best as he can. TMZ Sports reports that Freeze is concerned about NCAA investigators using any of his statements against him. Tunsil admitted to taking impermissible benefits from Ole Miss staff members after a draft day fiasco that included two social media hacks on Tunsil’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.