Lauren Tannehill Reportedly Leaving Rifle in Rental Car Sparks Intense Reaction

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2014

Aug. 4, 2012;  Miami, FL, USA; Lauren Ufer (left) the wife of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (right) leaves field after a teams scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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Lauren Tannehill has been making headlines ever since the Miami Dolphins selected her husband, Ryan, with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. Most of those headlines have had to do with her stunning good looks, but public perception about her seems to be changing after a recent gaffe.

According to Lisa J. Huriash and Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, an AR-15 rifle was found in the back of a South Florida rental vehicle on Jan. 6 that was reportedly left there by Lauren Tannehill after she rented the same vehicle days earlier.

A photo of the gun can be seen here, courtesy of Reddit user McGrubenstein:

Photo courtesy of McGrubenstein on Reddit

The gun was found in a case by 58-year-old Judith Fleissig of Rochester, N.Y., along with her daughter, and they were shocked by the entire situation, according to the report.

"We got out of the car, we were kind of freaked out," Fleissig said. "I didn't want to touch it. I took a picture, zipped it back up and went to the police station. They came out and took it."   

The Tannehills have yet to comment on the situation as they believe it is a personal matter, per a Dolphins spokesperson. That hasn't stopped others from making their feelings known regarding the bizarre story.

CNN's David Frum jokingly called Tannehill a "responsible gun owner" in the wake of her snafu:

Also, Chuck Oliver of 680 The Fan in Atlanta made light of Tannehill's seemingly poor memory:

The Miami New Times chimed in reporting that the AR-15 rifle that Tannehill left behind is actually banned in three states:

Despite that, Huriash and Kelly are reporting that Tannehill didn't break any laws since Florida isn't one of the states that instituted the ban.

"Though dangerous if it would have landed in the wrong hands, it's not criminal," Broward sheriff's spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion said. "They simply forgot it."

Many are likely wondering why Tannehill needed to travel with such an advanced firearm.

Although that question may never be answered, it is no secret that the Tannehills like guns. As seen in this photo courtesy of Lauren Tannehill's Instagram account, she has experience firing them as well:

All signs point toward this being an honest mistake on Tannehill's part, but there is no question that it has impacted her squeaky-clean, girl-next-door persona.

If nothing else, she figures to be under the microscope moving forward.


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