It was the toke seen 'round the football world.
NFL prospect Laremy Tunsil’s Twitter account Thursday night briefly showed a video of the Ole Miss offensive tackle huffing what could have been marijuana through a gas mask attached to a water pipe.
For Tunsil, the timing couldn't have been worse: Thursday was the night of the NFL Draft in Chicago.
Tunsil, one of the highest-rated players in this year’s draft, was initially touted as a possible No. 1 choice, but wound up being picked No. 13 by the Miami Dolphins.
Being chosen No. 13 instead of No. 1 likely cost Tunsil millions of dollars as he looks to negotiate his first pro contract, many football insiders say.
But after news of the video spread, Tunsil’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, defended Tunsil, telling ESPN that the player’s Twitter account had been hacked. In addition, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze told the sports network that the video was “from a long time ago.”
LAREMY TUNSIL SMOKING OFF A GAS MASK pic.twitter.com/3hnGA9tK3r
— Kev (@ImNotLit) April 28, 2016
The video appeared briefly early Thursday evening before it was taken down. It shows Tunsil wearing a gas mask-bong contraption while the arm of another person is seen holding a lighter to the pipe as smoke begins rising.
Tunsil’s Twitter account was taken down shortly after the video was posted. Later, Tunsil reactivated the account to publicly apologize before deactivating the account again. He wrote: “I recreated this account to publicly apologize for the recent video posted. I promise to work hard on and off the field. #NFLDraft2016”
Tunsil ended up with a $12.46 million contract offer from the Dolphins, while No. 1 pick Jared Goff, a quarterback from California-Berkeley, received a $27.94 million deal from the Los Angeles Rams.