Laremy Tunsil's legal camp says they will press charges against the person responsible for the social media scandal that cost him a possible top 10 pick during this year's NFL Draft. Although it is not yet clear who was behind the Instagram and Twitter leaks, sources say it was the athlete's former financial adviser.
The controversy emerged just minutes before the first round of the draft started. On Thursday last week, a video was posted on Tunsil's Twitter account showing him smoking marijuana out of a bong. Similarly, on his Instagram account, someone also posted a screenshot of Tunsil's text to the assistant athletic director of Ole Miss asking for money.
Due to the leaks, primarily the video on Twitter, Tunsil lost the opportunity to be picked at a higher slot during the draft. Originally, the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans were planning on drafting Tunsil at the No. 6 and No. 8 slots respectively, but after the video was leaked, the teams dropped him from their draft boards.
He was then signed by the Miami Dolphins as the 13th overall pick of the first round.
Although Tunsil admitted that it was him smoking weed in the video, he maintained that his social media accounts were hacked.
"Man, it was a mistake," he said. "You know, it happened years ago. Like I said before, somebody hacked my Twitter account. That's how it got on there, man. It's just a crazy world-things happen for a reason."
So far, it is not yet clear who leaked the video but according to Bleacher Report, the Dolphins think that it was Tunsil's former financial adviser who was behind the leak. However, further investigations will still be carried out to prove this.
Although the incident lowered his value as a player during the draft, the Dolphins still believe that Tunsil is a good person and a great addition to the team.
"Meeting the kid, you know, that this is a good kid," Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said according to ESPN. "It's going to be a great choice. I spoke with him and he was thrilled, just a nice guy. But everything I've talked to people about him, I've talked to his coach from high school, and he's really a good kid."