Ole Miss will investigate former offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil’s claim that he received money from a coach while at the school.
“The University is aware of the reports from the NFL Draft regarding Laremy Tunsil and potential violations during his time at Ole Miss,” according to a statement released by Ole Miss late Thursday night. “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 was thrust into damage control after both his Twitter and Instagram accounts were hacked. Just before the 2016 NFL 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.
Then, during his press conference after being drafted by the Miami Dolphins with the No. 13 pick, much later than many draft experts expected, Tunsil admitted that he received money from a coach at Ole Miss.
Tunsil's Draft Presser via WBBM. "Was their an exchange between you and your coach for $$?" "I'd have to say, yeah." pic.twitter.com/TqYeOSjOfO
— Robby Donoho (@RobbyDonoho) April 29, 2016
Tunsil served a seven-game suspension during the 2015 season after the NCAA found that he received impermissible benefits, including “three separate loaner vehicles over a sixth-month period without payment.”
Tunsil was the first of three Rebels players selected in the first round.