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An anonymous snitch tried to sabotage Laremy Tunsil's life, and it worked

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But why did it work?

The NFL Draft is supposed to be a celebration of futures. Instead, the NFL world watched in real time as somebody used Laremy Tunsil's past to sabotage him.

Tunsil was considered by some to be the best prospect. Not the best offensive lineman, not the best player from the SEC, but the best player. But minutes before the start of Thursday night's draft, somebody posted a video of Tunsil smoking from a bong to Tunsil's Twitter account.

His strange night wasn't over. Almost immediately after he was selected, somebody posted a screenshot of texts allegedly showing Tunsil asking Ole Miss coaches for money.

These apparent hacks added to concerns. He was already vaguely connected to weed; according to teammate Robert Nkemdiche, Tunsil was in the room when cops busted Nkemdiche for marijuana. And he already had NCAA issues; he is the subject of an open NCAA investigation, and he was suspended seven games for violations.

Somebody was trying to sabotage Tunsil on the most important night of his life.

The sabotage was successful.

The lineman was projected as high as No. 3 by the Chargers. They passed on him. The Ravens wanted an offensive tackle. They reportedly took Tunsil off their board due to the bong video, then selected Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley. The Titans wanted an offensive tackle. They took Michigan State's Jack Conklin, who might project as a guard.

Tunsil went to the Dolphins at No. 13. A player considered by some the best in the draft ended up as the third pick at his position. If the Ravens were going to select him but balked, then the video cost Tunsil $8 million over the next four years.

Tunsil handled the outcome well. He acted more calmly than I would while losing millions a minute. When asked by reporters to discuss the unfolding situation, he was forthcoming and honest. He admitted he was in the bong video, apparently filmed two years ago, and after a bit of confusion, seemed to admit he received money from coaches.

Tunsil bears responsibility for his fall. He let himself be filmed smoking weed, and he skirted NCAA rules. NFL teams don't love either of those things.

But it is a pretty big stretch to portray him as a person with "character issues" for a pair of victimless crimes. If trying weed and struggling to pay rent are character issues, an alarming amount of college students have really bad character issues.

Meanwhile, somebody tried to publicly ruin Tunsil on national TV on the most important night of Tunsil's life. And thanks to the screwed up moral compass of the NFL, it worked.

We don't know who made these posts.

Some have speculated it was Tunsil's stepdad, who is suing Tunsil for "emotional distress" after a fight last June. Tunsil claims he was trying to prevent his stepfather from attacking his mom.

Others have speculated the posts were by a jilted financial advisor.

Perhaps it was somebody Tunsil trusted with his social media passwords. Maybe it was a legitimate, unknown hacker. Maybe it was two people!

This person picked the night of the draft, when players can do nothing to improve their stock. This hacker introduced an alarming video, and did it so late in the process that Tunsil and his camp couldn't possibly explain it in full to teams picking early.

The person who shared this video will never profit from it. By sharing this information with the world, this person also lost any leverage to extort Tunsil. This was a poorly thought-out act of sheer pettiness and malice.

We may never know who did it, but this person is a despicable loser.

NFL teams who passed on Tunsil because of this made a mistake either before or during the draft.

Perhaps the players they selected instead will turn out nicely. Perhaps Tunsil will bust. But the teams that passed on Tunsil skipped over a great prospect due to either dumb concerns or poor scouting.

The Dolphins claim they knew about the video well before the Draft. If true, then everybody who was blindsided had failed to discover a key piece of information about a prospect.

They also could've found out that Tunsil's marijuana use is neither a frequent problem, nor a current one. Tunsil passed drug tests at the NFL Combine and apparently several others. Sources at Ole Miss tell SB Nation reporter Steven Godfrey that Tunsil used marijuana as a freshman, then passed tests for two years. That checks out with Tunsil's story about the age of the video.

And also, they passed on a potentially great player because of weed. Weed!

NFL teams employ people connected to violent crimes. NFL teams have employed accused rapists, accused murderers and players actually convicted of domestic abuse.

NFL teams have the right to avoid drafting a player like Josh Gordon, who has missed over a year due to the NFL's marijuana policy. But they could've found out Tunsil is not Gordon 2.0 by learning about him.

Tunsil probably got paid secret money in college. Many players do.

There is a system, it's controlled, and is done with no paper trail by people with no affiliation to the university. It's less glamorous than you think.

The routine nature of the process makes me wonder if the conversations posted to Instagram are real. There are plenty of reasons to think they're not, despite Tunsil's rushed and vague confirmation.

Text conversations are easy to fake. From just a screenshot, there's no way of knowing whether Tunsil and an athletic department assistant were actually involved. The screenshot shows some messages out of chronological order, which isn't how they normally display.

Real or fake, let's take a step back. The messages purportedly show Tunsil asking for help paying his rent and his mom's utilities bill. The assistant implies Tunsil might be asking for more than he needs. Tunsil's set to make millions of dollars this year, and a year ago, he allegedly needed to scrounge for hundreds.

The person who posted these messages wanted Tunsil and Ole Miss to look bad. We're supposed to think a college student is morally unsound for allegedly asking for help with family bills. We're supposed to think Ole Miss is a dirty cheater for allegedly spending money to help a talented student.

The powers in college sports have formed a cabal to ensure they reap all the rewards from athletes who generate tons of money. They use their monopoly to prevent athletes from increasing their compensation beyond scholarships and specific benefits that directly benefit the schools themselves. They harshly penalize people who attempt to skirt those rules.

And instead of looking at these rules as perverted affronts to capitalism, we view them as a moral code.

Well before the draft, some cited Tunsil's NCAA history of violations as a potential red flag. NFL teams did not care about NCAA violations, and they shouldn't.

In the pros, players like Tunsil will not have to resort to breaking rules to ensure the hot water stays on. So let's stop bringing up potential NCAA violations when draft season rolls around. Not only is it an inaccurate depiction of what NFL teams think is important, it's oblivious to how college football works.