76ºF

Dolphins' controversial draft pick Tunsil arrives in South Fla.

Tunsil refuses to speak about video showing him smoking marijuana

DAVIE, Fla. – It took a bit longer than expected, but the Dolphins' first-round draft pick was finally introduced to South Florida.

Laremy Tunsil failed to appear Friday at an introductory news conference because of an allergic reaction.  

But about 90 minutes after the first news conference, Tunsil felt better and sat down to answer questions.

Tunsil appeared in good health saying the allergic reaction was probably from something he ate.

"Doctors took care of me, so I'm good," Tunsil said. 

He stated this wasn't the first time he's suffered from such an allergic reaction.

Tunsil fell to the Dolphins with the 13th overall pick in the NFL Draft.

The former Mississippi offensive tackle was expected to be one of the top players selected during Thursday night's opening round, but a video posted to his Twitter account minutes before the start of the draft may have affected his status.

The video appeared to show Tunsil smoking from a mask equipped with a bong.

But during the news conference, Tunsil refused to talk about the video or his acknowledgement of having received money from coaches at the University of Mississippi.

His response to questions asking for details about the video or Ole Miss money was a standard.

"I'm here to talk about the Miami Dolphins," he said.

Tunsil said that he'll do anything he can to help the Dolphins, even play tight end if necessary.

His message to Dolphins fans was this.

"Just know they got a good guy that will put everything on the line for the team," he said.

Pressed again to comment on his perceived character issues, Tunsil replied, "No character issues at all."

Thursday night, Tunsil said his Twitter and Instagram accounts were hacked, but he didn't deny that it was him in the video.

"That video was (taken) years ago," he said. "It was years ago. Like I said, people (are) hacking my account."

Tunsil said he didn't know why anyone would want to sabotage his draft status.

"Hey, I'm just as clueless as you all," Tunsil told reporters.

Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said the video wasn't a concern for the team.

"We had heard rumors, but we had done work," Grier said. "We had known about it. The video is two years old. So, from all the information we had, we were comfortable with it."

Tunsil, who was considered a potential No. 1 pick before the Tennessee Titans traded the pick to the Los Angeles Rams, was a three-year starter at Mississippi.

"He was No. 2 ranked on our board," Grier said. "We did not expect him to be there (at No. 13)."

Tunsil sat out the season's first seven games after the NCAA ruled he received improper benefits, including the use of three loaner cars over a six-month period.

 

(function(d, s, id) {var js,ijs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//embed.scribblelive.com/widgets/embed.js";ijs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, ijs);}(document, 'script', 'scrbbl-js'));