Laremy Tunsil’s NFL Draft Day Did Not Go As Planned | Gradient

Laremy Tunsil’s NFL Draft day did not go as planned


Laremy Tunsil, an offensive tackle from Ole Miss, had quite the roller coaster of an experience as he awaited selection in the NFL Draft. Tunsil, regarded by many as the top-ranked player in this year’s draft, dealt with the fallout from a leaked video of him smoking a… substance while wearing a gas mask. The video, leaked from his hacked Twitter account, appeared minutes before the NFL draft began, and dropped him all the way to the thirteenth pick.

Tunsil responded by deleting, re-activating, then deleting his Twitter account. As such, the original tweet no longer exists. But The Internet, always faithful and unforgiving, came through with some screengrabs. (Seriously, kids. Never tweet.)


But wait, there’s more! Some estimate that Tunsil, eventually picked 13th by the Miami Dolphins, lost at least eight million dollars.

Per CBS Sports:

“Since rookie contracts are slotted, we know that the sixth round pick [the Ravens held this pick and reportedly dropped him off their board entirely] in the draft will sign a four-year deal worth about $20.48 million. As the 13th pick in the draft, Tunsil will only get a four-year deal worth $12.46 million.”

That bong left quite a hit! But wait…there’s more!

After being drafted, Tunsil admitted to receiving money from his Ole Miss coaching staff. He was forced to account for this because someone hacked his Instagram, too! You can view a screenshot of an incriminating text leaked through his Instagram account that appears to show him receiving money to pay his mother’s rent and $305 electric bill.


Even though the NCAA receives many, many millions in revenue, their student-athlete workforce cannot receive financial compensation of any kind for their extremely rare, highly valuable skill. In the NCAA, John Miller and staff’s gift to a struggling mother isn’t an act of kindness— it’s a controversy. College sports are great!

All in all, Tunsil still became a millionaire. Now, he gets to work half the year in Miami. So, you know, it could be worse!

Tunsil missed his first press conference with the Dolphins because of an allergic reaction.

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To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit

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