In a society where illicit drug use alongside professional competition is widely condemned, recent National Footall League (NFL) draftee Laremy Tunsil has felt the wrath of this truth.
Last Thursday, Laremy Tunsil, 21, was drafted in America’s NFL with the 13th overall pick by the Miami Dolphins team in the annual NFL draft following his stint at the University of Mississippi.
Unlike many university graduates worldwide, Tunsil managed to score a job right out of college, in one of the most renowned sporting competitions across the globe no less. Yet, despite his fortunes in this regard, Tunsil had his dreams dented as right before the draft started a video surfaced on his Twitter account showing him smoking marijuana while wearing a gas-mask bong.
Before this event, Tunsil was an early favourite of being drafted at number 1 and gaining a first-class ticket into superstardom but this unfortunate setback is potentially looking to cost Tunsil millions of dollars.
First-year NFL players are paid in accordance with their draft position with the highest pick being paid the most. In 2015, the base salary pay gap between the No. 3 pick and No. 13 pick was $12.11 million.
In terms we can understand, it resembles winning the lottery and then being told later that you are only going to receive a fraction of your supposed winnings.
“Man, it was a mistake. It happened years ago,” Tunsil said shortly after being drafted. “Someone hacked my Twitter account and that’s how it got on there.”
The video was from two years ago and come as a result of a hacker raiding Tunsil’s social media accounts whilst strategically picking the most inopportune time to post it.
This event clearly had an adverse effect and can be deemed the prime reason which led to teams – who once would have loved the chance to draft him – to pass on Tunsil in the spur of the moment.
However, Miami was not one of these teams. Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier has since expressed little concern with drafting the promising young ‘Left Tackle’.
Grier even admitted that their organisation was surprised he dropped as far as he ultimately did.
“This is a guy who was No. 2 ranked on our board. We did not expect him to be there,” said Grier.
In response to the infamous Twitter video, Grier continued by saying: “The video is two years old. So from all the information we have, we are comfortable with it.”