Chris Christie Comments on Laremy Tunsil Social Media Leaks

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering Thursday, April 14, 2016, at Union County College in Cranford, N.J. Christie's plans to fix Atlantic City dating back to 2010 have come up short. With less than two years left in office, he's making a big push to change that. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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The controversy surrounding offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil ahead of the 2016 NFL draft's first round has prompted commentary from a lot of different people, including New Jersey governor and former presidential candidate Chris Christie.

According to Christopher Massie of BuzzFeed, Christie co-hosted the Boomer & Carton show on WFAN radio Friday and shared his thoughts on the Twitter-leaked video showing Tunsil smoking a bong through a gas mask: "It's unbelievable. Because the bong hits aren't enough. Give me the gas mask too. It's incredible. I can't take my eyes off it. It's unbelievable. ... When I was a prosecutor, I would've gone in and cuffed this guy. I would've been all over it."

As seen in this screenshot courtesy of ESPN's Russillo and Kanell, the video appeared on Tunsil's Twitter account just minutes before the draft began:

Tunsil was once considered a likely top-five pick, but he fell all the way to the Miami Dolphins at No. 13 due in part to the leak.

In addition to that, Tunsil's Instagram account was hacked, and an alleged text conversation regarding improper benefits with Ole Miss assistant athletic director John Miller was revealed.

Tunsil later admitted that he was the person in the smoking video, and he also said he accepted money while at Ole Miss, per Hugh Kellenberger of the Clarion-Ledger.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the controversy prevented the Baltimore Ravens from selecting Tunsil at No. 6 and cost him a large sum of money:

While Christie believes Tunsil should receive some legal discipline, dropping in the draft was a fairly significant punishment in its own right.

Not only did Tunsil miss out on a far bigger contract, but his plight played out on live television for everyone to see.

Tunsil has a lot to prove and has to show that he can put his off-field transgressions behind him. If he manages to do that, though, the Dolphins will have a major steal, and he figures to recoup much of what he lost Thursday with a huge contract down the line.

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