Laremy Tunsil's Instagram Account Posts Alleged Texts with Ole Miss' John Miller

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Mississippi’s Laremy Tunsil poses for photos after being selected by the Miami Dolphins as the 13th pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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Laremy Tunsil's draft-day slide ended when the Miami Dolphins selected him at No. 13 overall Thursday, but the former Ole Miss left tackle will apparently have to answer for more than a since-deleted Twitter post of him smoking out of a bong. 

After Tunsil's Twitter account was deactivated, a series of posts appeared on his Instagram allegedly revealing correspondence with Ole Miss assistant athletic director for football operations John Miller regarding help with rent payments.

On Friday, Tunsil's attorney said his client will press federal charges against the person responsible for hacking his account, "depending on who it is," per Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post.

It should be noted that the Instagram posts, captured by Busted Coverage on Twitter, have not been verified as legitimate: 

Busted Coverage @bustedcoverage

Laremy Tunsil's IG has now been hacked. Out. Of. Control. https://t.co/zTijv7t8Gu

But during Tunsil's availability with media in Chicago, the Clarion-Ledger's Hugh Kellenberger reported that the left tackle dropped a bombshell regarding his financial dealings as a collegiate player: 

Hugh Kellenberger @HKellenbergerCL

Laremy Tunsil asked if he took money from a coach. "I'd have to say yeah."

Sports Illustrated's Joan Niesen provided a breakdown of the scene as it unfolded: 

Joan Niesen @JoanNiesen

Tunsil just denied an exchange of money between him and his coach. Then, asked again, said it happened. Then interrupted, ushered off stage.

Ole Miss provided a statement on the matter, per Ben Garrett of Ole Miss Spirit:

Ben Garrett @SpiritBen

Statement from #OleMiss: https://t.co/QFRqyD4wNs

He was the third offensive tackle taken, as the Baltimore Ravens selected Notre Dame prospect Ronnie Stanley sixth overall and the Titan took Jack Conklin at No. 8. On Saturday, Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome denied the report that the Tunsil video prompted the Ravens to draft Stanley over Tunsil, per Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun.

During the 2015 season, the NCAA suspended Tunsil seven games after concluding he received impermissible benefits.

According to the official release, it was determined Tunsil's improper benefits included "the use of three separate loaner vehicles over a sixth-month period without payment, a four-month interest-free promissory note on a $3,000 down payment for purchasing a used vehicle, two nights of lodging at a local home, an airline ticket purchased by a friend of a teammate and one-day use of a rental vehicle."

While details regarding the Instagram posts are elusive for now, Tunsil said the Twitter post prior to the draft was the result of his account being hacked and was taken "years ago," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

"It is BS," Tunsil's agent Jimmy Sexton told ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert. "Somebody hacked into his account."

However, Tunsil confirmed to ESPN's Suzy Kolber that he was the person in the since-deleted video, according to Seifert.

"You go through adversity in life," Tunsil told ESPN during the draft broadcast, per Seifert. "It's what you overcome. And I'll overcome this adversity and show everyone what I'm all about."

CNN broke down Tunsil's tough night:

The source of the hack has yet to be reported, but Tunsil's stepfather Lindsey Miller denied posting the video amid a legal battle with his stepson.

"I don't know nothing about no video," Miller told TMZ Sports. "I'm not even watching the draft."

According to the Clarion-Ledger's Daniel Paulling, Miller is suing for defamation of character and claiming he was the victim of "intentional infliction of emotional distress" after he was punched by Tunsil last June following an alleged altercation with Tunsil's mother.

But regardless of where the leak came from, Tunsil has plenty of questions to answer regarding his past at Ole Miss and the events that unfolded Thursday night.


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