CHICAGO — It was an NFL draft night nightmare for University of Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, who was considered to be one of the top selections.
But a video showing Tunsil wearing a gas mask and taking a bong hit was released on his Twitter page just as the draft began Thursday night. Tunsil said the account was hacked and that the video was from several years ago. His agent also said the account was hacked.
The video and Tunsil's Twitter account were deleted.
In case you missed Tunsil tweet that was quickly deleted.. Smoking from a gas mask pre draft.. Should be interesting pic.twitter.com/HfVyeThJHO
— #BucsNation (@BucsNation44) April 29, 2016
Tunsil was considered one of the best athletes in the draft -- a certain top 10 pick. But the video took its toll, with Tunsil free-falling down the draft board.
He lived out the nightmare on national television as cameras kept showing him waiting in the green room. The Miami Dolphins saved his night by selecting him at No. 13.
He said after being selected that he passed every drug test he took while playing at Mississippi. He also said he was thankful to to be going to Miami and he was ready to work hard for the Dolphins.
Tunsil will be playing for Miami coach Adam Gase, the former Broncos offensive coordinator.
A joint statement appeared on Tunsil's new Twitter account, that indicated it was from the football player and his agent late Thursday night.
A joint statement from me and my agent. God Bless pic.twitter.com/EQzJnC2hRZ
— Laremy Tunsil (@LaremyTunisiI78) April 29, 2016