Talk about a bad hit.
Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil on Thursday night literally watched as his value fell by millions of dollars after a video surfaced on his Twitter account, allegedly hacked, showing him smoking on a bong through a gas mask.
Tunsil, once considered a top draft pick, was widely expected by NFL draft prognosticators to be selected sixth overall by the Baltimore Ravens. Once the video surfaced, teams wanted nothing to do with him. Tunsil fell and fell and then finally the Miami Dolphins selected him as the 13th pick, saying they were aware of the video and that it was shot two years ago.
Tunsil avoided questions about the Twitter photo several times Thursday night, instead saying how blessed he was to have been picked by the Dolphins.
How much did Tunsil lose and what's at stake?
If he had been selected sixth, he would have earned $20.5 million, according to sports salary website Spotrac. Who got that loot? The Ravens instead selected Ronnie Stanley of Notre Dame. In turn, Tunsil's drop to 13th meant his total projected earnings fell to $12,801,661. That means that the bong picture may have cost Tunsil almost $8 million.
"He lost a fortune last night," a prominent NFL agent told CNBC, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.