Laremy Tunsil, a University of Mississippi offensive tackle, was favored to be the #1 pick of the 2016 NFL draft on Thursday night. But roughly 10 minutes before the draft was to start, a video of him hitting a bong was posted to his Twitter account.
Tunsil’s Twitter account was hacked, as well as his Instagram account, according to reports from CNN. On his Instagram account, the hacker posted a conversation between Tunsil and an Ole Miss Athletics department member regarding an NCAA-violating exchange of money for Tunsil’s mother’s utility bill.
Because of the Twitter video, Tunsil was picked 13th by the Miami Dolphins. The difference in pay from the 3rd pick and 13th pick in the 2016 NFL draft was $12.11 million in salary and another $8.75 million as a signing bonus.
In response to the Twitter video, Tunsil said, “Man, it was a mistake. It happened years ago. Someone had my Twitter account and that’s how it got on there.”
Tunsil acknowledged the posts and said, “I made a mistake. That happened.”