Dolphins offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil was the story of the first round of the NFL draft, as he dropped to the 13th overall pick while someone hacked his social media accounts and posted embarrassing videos and text messages. Tunsil then raised more eyebrows when speaking to the media after he was drafted by seeming to acknowledge he had broken NCAA rules while at Ole Miss.
So everyone was interested in hearing what Tunsil would say today at his first media appearance in Miami. Unfortunately, that appearance didn’t take place. Dolphins Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum said Tunsil was dealing with an allergic reaction.
“Unfortunately, Laremy had an allergic reaction this afternoon, so right now he’s with our medical staff and hopefully it’s just a quick, short-term thing,” Tannenbaum said at the Dolphins’ press conference, adding that it wasn’t clear what caused the allergic reaction.
Character questions swirled around Tunsil even before the video of him wearing a gas mask and smoking a bong surfaced, but Tannenbaum said the Dolphins feel good about Tunsil.
“Our area scout felt good about his character. Obviously there are some mistakes he made in his past, but we were comfortable with that. All the research we had done, we were very comfortable with his character. The decision was made by the entire organization, including Steve Ross our owner, and we are very comfortable with Laremy the player and the person,” Tannenbaum said.
Eventually, Dolphins fans may feel great about Tunsil. But for now, they’re not getting to hear from him.