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Laremy Tunsil's Former Adviser Reportedly Suspected of Social Media Leaks

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 30, 2016

Former Mississippi offensive lineman and top Miami Dolphins draft pick Laremy Tunsil, listens during a news conference, Friday, April 29, 2016 in Davie, Fla. Tunsil was selected 13th overall in the NFL draft Thursday night. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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A former financial adviser to offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil is reportedly suspected of leaking the controversial video that was posted on social media just before the 2016 NFL draft began Thursday.  

Per Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post, the Miami Dolphins "believe" it was Tunsil's former financial adviser who posted the video on Tunsil's official Twitter account, which showed him smoking through a gas mask. 

Abramson also noted that Tunsil fired the adviser before the leaked video appeared on social media. 

Once considered to be in the mix as the No. 1 overall pick, Tunsil dropped to the Dolphins at 13th overall in the first round of this year's draft. His official Twitter account was later deleted, though Mike Leslie of WFAA captured a screenshot from the video:

Mike Leslie @MikeLeslieWFAA

Apparently someone hacked Laremy Tunsil's twitter account, and tweeted out this... MINUTES before the #NFLDraft https://t.co/KisLGuj2l9

Tunsil confirmed to NFL Network's Deion Sanders, via The Cauldron (h/t USA Today's Andrew Joseph), that it was him in the video: "Man, it was a mistake. You know, it happened years ago. Like I said before, somebody hacked my Twitter account. That's how it got on there, man. It's just a crazy world—things happen for a reason."

In addition to Tunsil's Twitter account, someone hacked his Instagram account and posted a text conversation that appeared to show him asking Mississippi assistant athletic director for football operations John Miller for money, per Busted Coverage:

Busted Coverage @bustedcoverage

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

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As Tunsil was meeting with the media in Chicago on Thursday after being drafted, the Clarion-Ledger's Hugh Kellenberger noted the left tackle admitted to having accepted money from a coach at Ole Miss:

Hugh Kellenberger @HKellenbergerCL

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

There is no word on whether the adviser believed to be behind Tunsil's Twitter hack is also responsible for the Instagram hack.

Even though Tunsil still went in the middle of the first round, NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported after the video came out that the Baltimore Ravens, who held the sixth overall pick, took the former Mississippi star completely off their draft board. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter noted the Ravens were prepared to take Tunsil before the video appeared. The video cost him $7 million in salary after Miami selected him seven picks later. 

The drama around Tunsil on draft night was like nothing anyone has ever seen before. He did not suffer too much in terms of how long he had to wait for a new home, but it still seems there are many unanswered questions. 

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