Ole Miss Rebels offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil was arrested for hitting his stepfather, but claims it was in self defense. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported the arrest as well as the fact that Tunsil was protecting his mother and that the two have filed charges against the stepfather.
Ole Miss LT Laremy Tunsil arrested for hitting stepfather; “was defending mom” source said. Tunsil & mom have pressed charges vs. dad
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) June 27, 2015
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze made a brief statement on the incident.
“We can confirm that Laremy Tunsil turned himself in and was arrested for a misdemeanor, domestic violence-simple assault,” Freeze said in a statement provided to ESPN. “The incident occurred Thursday night and involves Laremy defending his mother against his stepfather.
“Laremy realizes he could have handled it differently, but I am proud of him for standing up for his mother and protecting his family. Laremy and his mother have also pressed charges against the stepfather. As we gather more facts, we will act and make decisions accordingly.”
Tunsil is considered by many to be the best offensive tackle in the country and even if his actions were in self defense, hopefully there won’t be any long term consequences that keep him off the field.
Ole Miss went 9-4 (5-3 SEC) in its third season under Freeze and was dominated by Texas Christian in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. The Rebels open the 2015 season at home against the OVC’s Tennesee-Martin Skyhawks on September 5.
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