Former Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil may be in the NFL now, but that does not mean he isn’t still leaving a mark on his college home. It looks like head coach Hugh Freeze may have to testify in the latest Tunsil case.
His stepfather, Lindsey Miller, filed a lawsuit against Tunsil that says he defamed his character in an incident that stemmed from an altercation last summer. Tunsil said multiple times that he was defending his mother in the fight while Miller claims the fight started over him accusing Tunsil of NCAA violations.
In an ESPN report last year, Freeze reportedly said that Tunsil was defending his mother, which may cause him to have to testify in the defamation of character case.
Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann reported further on the situation.
“Freeze might enjoy more success arguing that questions posed during deposition be limited to the altercation between Tunsil and Miller. If Freeze is only posed questions about how he learned of the Tunsil-Miller altercation, those questions would not necessarily extend into a discussion of whether Tunsil accepted benefits in contravention of NCAA rules. On the other hand, if Freeze is asked about the underlying topic of Tunsil’s compliance with NCAA rules while at Ole Miss, the deposition might — depending on what Freeze would say — become problematic for the coach.”
This is certainly going to be an interesting situation to follow over the coming months. This could lead to Hugh Freeze admitting that Miller was correct in saying Tunsil violated NCAA rules.
What’s more is that Tunsil actually admitted to accepting impermissible benefits while at Ole Miss in a press conference after he was selected by the Miami Dolphins.
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