The Miami Dolphins had an easy decision when the 13th overall pick came on the clock in the 2016 NFL Draft, using the pick to select Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, a player considered by some to be the best prospect in the Draft. Tunsil was still on the board when a video of him smoking what appears to be marijuana appeared on his Twitter account minutes before the Draft started. Tunsil, instead of being one of the first players selected after the top two quarterbacks were picked, continued to sit in the Green Room as 10 more picks, including two other offensive tackles, were selected.
The video, posted on Twitter after Tunsil's account was hacked, cost Tunsil around $7 million in contract value.
Steve Farese, Tunsil's attorney, appeared on the Weekend Playbook with Lance Medow on Mad Dog Sports Radio on Sirius XM on Sunday, and discussed his client's fall - as well as ruled Tunsil's stepdad, Lindsey Miller, who was considered as the possible source of the hack, even to the point that the NFL Network's essentially accused Miller during the post-pick interview with Tunsil, out as a possible source of the hack.
"That would be the low hanging fruit," Farese told Medow when asked if the hack had anything to do with Miller, who filed a lawsuit against Tunsil last week, alleging that Tunsil attacked Miller last summer and that Tunsil defamed Miller. "But, it was so counter-intuitive, that if that were the case, it didn't make any sense. Of course, now, I've drifted away from those thoughts and don't believe he had anything to do with it."
Medow then asked the obvious next question, if it was not Miller, who was the source of the leaked video? "Well, certainly someone who was very vindictive," Farese replied. "There are rumors out there of some financial agent, but that's only something I read. Until we get to the facts of the situation, who can say?"
"I think it is fairly easy for people who have the technical expertise to investigate this," Farese continued. "Looking at the [IP address] for where this invasion began. And, I think, in the next week or so, we will probably figure out who the culprit is."
"I think you start, first, with who is responsible for this, then you want to make a decision on if you want to go after them civilly because of the loss of his stock in the Draft," Farese said about any potential lawsuit once the party responsible for the leak is identified. "That is something my client will have to decide."
"This was supposed to be the happiest day of his life. Someone took it upon themselves, some vindictive cretin, to make these texts public, to try to undermine [Tunsil] in the Draft, to make a national spectacle of it, and they did," Farese answered when asked about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's statement on ESPN's Mike and Mike last week that a fall like Tunsil's is what makes the NFL Draft "exciting." "No," Farese continued, "I wouldn't use the word 'exciting.' I think the Commissioner was trying to make the best out of a bizarre situation."
You can listen to the entire 14-minute interview by using the link above.