Just minutes before the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft began, a video was sent out from Laremy Tunsil’s Twitter account that showed him smoking marijuana from a gas mask bong. This got around to teams looking to pick him up and it caused him to slip out of the top ten to the Miami Dolphins.
The fall, which saw him slip past the Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and New York Giants, all who needed offensive tackles, cost him $7 million. However, the video, which Tunsil’s team claimed is from “years ago,” will not cause him to enter any kind of substance abuse program at the start of his NFL career.
Sources told ESPN that he would “begin his pro career under Stage 1 of the league’s substance abuse program.” This certainly works out in his favor as Tunsil has vehemently denied that he has a drug problem.
“I do not have a drug problem,” Tunsil said to the Miami media after getting drafted. “You can check all my college tests. I never failed one.”
The Dolphins were apparently pretty high on Laremy Tunsil as he was listed as their No. 2 player on their board. While his fall hurt him, it helped out the Dolphins in a big way and they couldn’t be more excited to have a player like him.
“I think a lot of work is done for months and months, and one [thing] two hours before the draft is totally somebody out to get a guy,” Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said. “It’s not a question of this guy changed overnight. The work that we’ve done on him, the people we’ve talked to and even subsequently talking to, we’re going to continue that.
“Meeting the kid, you know that this is a good kid. It’s going to be a great choice.”
Tunsil certainly seems to be in for a great career in the NFL. If he can keep his social media accounts in check, everything should go smoothly for the offensive tackle.
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