Having been considered a possible number one overall pick early on in the NFL Draft process, Laremy Tunsil's status as a first-round selection was thrown into serious doubt just moments before the 2016 Draft got underway in Chicago on Thursday night.
With the 21-year-old offensive tackle sitting in the green room waiting for the event to begin, a video showing Tunsil smoking marijuana from a gas mask bong was uploaded to his official Twitter account.
As you might expect, the footage led to debate about the Ole Miss product's character and maturity and, ultimately, led to him falling to the Miami Dolphins and the 13th pick. Speaking after hearing his name called, Tunsil attempted to appease the concerns:
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"It was a mistake, it happened years ago," the 310-pound talent explained to Dion Sanders, via BBC Sport. "Somebody hacked my Twitter account and that is how it (the video) got on there.
"It's a crazy world and things happen for a reason. I'm glad to be in Miami and I'm going to work my butt off and give everything I got."
Tunsil claimed he had no idea about the video being published onto his social media until it happened and refused to blame his step father - a man who is currently suing the soon-to-be NFL rookie after an alleged attack dating from last June - who some believe is behind the Twitter hack:
"I don't know who it was," Tunsil said. "I ain't going to point no fingers and say no names. I don't know who it was but my Twitter account got hacked."
As well as the controversial video making its way into the public sphere, Tunsil has also drawn scrutiny recently after admitting to taking money from coaches at Ole Miss - a big no-no in college football. He was also banned for seven games in 2015 for accepting "impermissible benefits".
Proving them wrong
Now a member of the Miami Dolphins, though, Tunsil said he was looking forward to convincing his critics that they made the right choice:
"I'm going to show everybody what type of person I am. I'm a great person despite all the mistakes...
"(Miami) are getting a great man. I'm going to put everything on the line and give my all. They don't have to worry about nothing else."
Tunsil will be hoping that he can put the negative aspects of the past 24 hours behind him as he moves forward with the Dolphins. If he can perform on the field and stay out of the front-page headlines in the coming months, he will go a long way to doing just that.
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