The NFL Draft is always full of surprises, but the 2016 version may take the cake.
Before the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles were letting the clock wind down to zero before making their inevitable selections of California quarterback Jared Goff and North Dakota State signal-caller Carson Wentz, a bizarre story broke that sent shockwaves throughout the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.
Just before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell kicked off the draft, a video was tweeted out from the personal account of Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil that shows him smoking an unknown substance out of gas mask.
LAREMY TUNSIL SMOKING OFF A GAS MASK pic.twitter.com/3hnGA9tK3r— Kev | EAGLES SUPER BOWL 52 CHAMPS 🦅 (@ImNotLit) April 28, 2016
Rumors spread around the league that the person that leaked and tweeted the video was Tunsil's stepfather. Tunsil and his agent immediately addressed the situation, although the damage had already been done.
"I recreated this account to publicly apologize for the recent video posted. I promise to work hard on and off the field. #NFLDraft2016" (that account has sense been deleted)
"We've heard. All the teams know about it," Suzy Kolber said via Tunsil's agent Jimmy Sexton. "The account was hacked. This video MIGHT be quite old, going back to high school."
The saga then took another interesting turn less than an hour later when two photos of text conversations between Tunsil and what appeared to be an Ole Miss staff member were published on Tunsil's Instagram account that show Tunsil asking for rent/bill money.
Tunsil, once considered to be the No. 1 overall pick, slid all the way down to the Miami Dolphins who used the No. 13 pick on him.
Shortly after being selected, NFL staffers brought Tunsil to the media room at the Auditorium Theatre for his introductory press conference which turned out to be a horrible idea for both Tunsil and the future of the Mississippi football program.
Tunsil was asked about the exchange of money between him and his coach, which he denied. Then was asked again, in which he admitted to before PR rushed him away from the podium.
Laremy Tunsil admits in press conference to receiving cash from his head coach at Ole Miss.— David J. Barclay III (@DjamesIII) April 29, 2016
Tunsil speaks. pic.twitter.com/5wTXFP3e89— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) April 29, 2016
What a wild Day 1. At least, we'll always have Mike Ditka's mustache.