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Ole Miss' Tunsil says he took money from a coach

By PARRISH ALFORD

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2016 file photo, Mississippi offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Former Mississippi left tackle Laremy Tunsil had a good chance to be the NFL draft's No. 1 overall pick less than two weeks ago when the Tennessee Titans had the pick. Then the Los Angeles Rams traded up for the No. 1 pick in search of a quarterback. Now Tunsil's future is much more uncertain. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2016 file photo, Mississippi offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Former Mississippi left tackle Laremy Tunsil had a good chance to be the NFL draft's No. 1 overall pick less than two weeks ago when the Tennessee Titans had the pick. Then the Los Angeles Rams traded up for the No. 1 pick in search of a quarterback. Now Tunsil's future is much more uncertain. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File) AP

CHICAGO – Laremy Tunsil says he took money from an Ole Miss football coach.

Once projected the No. 1 pick in the draft, Tunsil slid to No. 13 where he was taken by the Miami Dolphins.

Minutes before the draft a video showing Tunsil smoking something and using drug paraphernalia appeared on his Twitter account.

Minutes later the account was shut down.

Later on Instagram screen shots of a conversation that appeared to take place between Tunsil and an Ole Miss football staffer went live.

In the conversation Tunsil refers to himself as “LT” and addresses someone as Mr. John.

Ole Miss assistant AD for football operations is John Miller.

In the screen shots Tunsil tells Miller he needs help paying his rent. The response tells Tunsil to “see Barney next week.”

Barney Farrar is another Ole Miss staffer.

Tunsil confirmed the conversation was true. When asked if there was an exchange of money between he and a coach he at first said, “I wouldn’t say all that, I wouldn’t say that.”

He then said the conversation was true.

“Those were true. Like I said, I made a mistake of that happening.”

He was asked again if there was an exchange of money between himself and a coach, and Tunsil responded, “I’d have to say yeah.”

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