Former Tunsil business manager/financial adviser becomes main suspect in hacking case

AP

The true villain in the Laremy Tunsil draft-night free fall continues to be the person who accessed his social media accounts and posted damaging information with the obvious intent to spark a slide. Tunsil’s camp eventually could figure out who did it.

Via ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Tunsil’s attorney and agent are investigating a former business manager/financial adviser to determine the role, if any, that he had in the smear campaign.

Per the report, Tunsil hired the business manager/financial adviser in October 2015. Among other things, the person scheduled agent meetings with Tunsil and potential agents.

Tunsil later fired the person after learning that he wasn’t registered with the NFL Players Association as a financial adviser. The man, who was not named by ESPN, reportedly gave Tunsil a new phone in October. Persons close to Tunsil think the former business manager/financial adviser may have accessed Tunsil’s account by using Tunsil’s old phone.

Criminal charges and/or a civil lawsuit haven’t been ruled out. An FBI spokesman in Mississippi told ESPN that his office has not yet been contacted to investigate.

Under the Stored Communications Act, the person who accessed Tunsil’s social media accounts could face up to 10 years in prison, along with more than $7 million in liability arising from the slide that occurred after the Ravens reportedly decided not to select Tunsil due to the video.

47 responses to “Former Tunsil business manager/financial adviser becomes main suspect in hacking case

  1. The person ultimately responsible is Tunsil for doing what he did. I know personal responsibility is a nearly forbidden concept these days, but lay the blame where it belongs.

  2. So the business manager saw the gravy train leaving the station, and he wasn’t on it. Sad. Hope he gets the 10 years he deserves.

  3. ketch20too says:
    May 4, 2016 11:02 AM
    The person ultimately responsible is Tunsil for doing what he did. I know personal responsibility is a nearly forbidden concept these days, but lay the blame where it belongs.

    1 3
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    Tunsil is responsible for smoking weed and letting someone record it, and whoever hacked his account is responsible for what they did as well. It’s possible for more than one person to be in the wrong.

  4. I do not use social media but aren’t the companies able to identify the manner in which an account is accessed (IP address/desktop/tablet/phone)? If so, it should be fairly simple to attach blame to a particular device. If that phone was was the source of access and Tunsil can prove it was returned to the adviser on a date prior to the hacking, that adviser is in a bad situation.

  5. If this is true, do you think Goodell will contribute to his legal fund for making the draft so exciting?

  6. If his family allegedly needed over $300 for electricity bills from Ole Miss coaches, then where did he get the money to hire a business manager/financial advisor?

  7. So the employee gave the employer a new phone? This just smells of another example of Tunsil receiving extra benefits while at Ole Miss. Hugh Freeze and that program are dirty, dirt, dirty.

  8. One day this will be ancient history and Laremy Tunsil will have the last laugh. Miami got a great value pick at #13. We saw in the super bowl how an elite edge rusher can cause enough havoc to disrupt your entire game plan. With Tunsil at left tackle, Miami won’t be having any of those problems for the next decade. This kid should retire with $100 million in the bank. His ex-manager will be crying a river because he won’t be getting any of that money.

  9. Best way not to end up on twitter in a bong mask, 13 minutes before the most important hour of your life is to not be recording yourself wearing a bong mask.

    Call me crazy but a person should be able to figure that out long before they attend post-secondary education age.

  10. ketch20too says:
    May 4, 2016 11:02 AM

    The person ultimately responsible is Tunsil for doing what he did. I know personal responsibility is a nearly forbidden concept these days, but lay the blame where it belongs.
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    Very true and he ultimately acknowledged and took responsibility for what he did. It’s also against the law to hack someone’s social media site with the intent to disparage or hurt him financially.

  11. It’s not too hard to track down who did it. If they were really serious about it, you could find out quite easily. The FBI could probably determine who did it within days. It takes some subpoenas to gather IP information but that doesn’t take too long. If they haven’t contacted the FBI yet then that means they may not be too interested in finding out who did it, presumably because they already know who did it and they are protecting them. It’s unfortunate for the young man that whoever that person is cost him about $7M but it doesn’t appear as if they aren’t serious in getting to the bottom of it.

  12. One thing I learned in my own business is when clients fire you smile and be grateful… It just may come back. It has for me – several times

  13. yourmadre says:
    May 4, 2016 11:10 AM
    Tunsil is responsible for smoking weed and letting someone record it, and whoever hacked his account is responsible for what they did as well. It’s possible for more than one person to be in the wrong.
    ——————-

    And then there was Roger gloating over it, so make that 3. But one of them was just a kid being a kid, that doesn’t take him off the hook but at least makes it forgivable. Grown men should be held to a higher standard.

    The revenge through social media phenomenon is despicable. This being such a high profile case of it I hope the perpetrator gets found and hung out to dry as an example

  14. It’s not hacking if he was told the password, theres plenty of people who trust others his their accounts just to post stupid things and keep their account relevant. Pretty simple to get out of this.

  15. What Tunsil did was very stupid, but it was years ago, and he was a teenager. Teenagers just do stupid things. It’s in their nature. There was stupidity, but no malice.

    What the Twitter hacker did was malicious. It was designed to mess with this guy’s life. Both parties bear some responsibility, but what the hacker did was way, way worse.

  16. Well then his career as a manager/financial adviser is over.

    Of course after his stint as cellmate of Johnny Cokehead.

    …and the potential $7 million in damages

    Tunsil was dumb for doing what he did, then uploading it, then likely being lazy and using ‘save password’ option on his phone for twitter.

    But that doesn’t mean what was done to him wasn’t criminal. It was.

    He was dumb and when you’re dumb, bad things happen, but nevertheless it was a criminal act.

  17. ketch20too says:
    May 4, 2016 11:02 AM
    The person ultimately responsible is Tunsil for doing what he did. I know personal responsibility is a nearly forbidden concept these days, but lay the blame where it belongs

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    Look, I know marijuana is illegal and won’t rehash that it’s moving toward being legal and should be…

    with that said.

    Tunsil smoked weed in college, I’m not gonna sit here and say that doing something against the law is a good idea, but I am gonna say that I can’t name one person that I really know that has at least not tried pot. Hell, my mom is pretty much the biggest square there is, and even she dabbled with it during college in the 60’s. I find it amusing that just because he plays football that everyone forgets he is a 20 year old college kid. I also find it amusing that if a video of him crushing a fifth of Jack Daniels through a funnel was out there it would be treated as a non issue.

    Was letting someone tape it a good idea? No, that was a really dumb thing to do without a lack of thought for the possible repercussions. AKA the kind of stupid mistakes that you expect college kids to make.

    Look, Tunsil never failed a drug test, never has gotten busted for pot, ETC. If that video never came out it wouldn’t have changed the fact that he smoked out of a gas mask, we just never would have known.

    Tunsil also owned it, he accepted responsibility for his actions. The true test of a persons character is how they handle something that is brought to light.

  18. “charliecharger says:
    May 4, 2016 11:22 AM

    One day this will be ancient history and Laremy Tunsil will have the last laugh. Miami got a great value pick at #13. We saw in the super bowl how an elite edge rusher can cause enough havoc to disrupt your entire game plan. With Tunsil at left tackle, Miami won’t be having any of those problems for the next decade. ”
    ===========================================

    Luke Joeckel was a can’t miss prospect at left tackle as well, and he’s a bust. At this point, Tunsil is just a prospect, “value” or no value and no matter the draft position.

    First order of business for Tunsil is to learn to make much much much better decisions about the people he associates with in his life. His stepfather is absolute scum, but Tunsil wants to take care of his mother. Either way, the stepfather is going to “get his”. Hopefully, a REAL financial advisor will cleverly keep the money carefully stashed away.

  19. yourmadre says:
    May 4, 2016 11:10 AM
    Tunsil is responsible for smoking weed and letting someone record it, and whoever hacked his account is responsible for what they did as well. It’s possible for more than one person to be in the wrong.

    Thus the use of the “ultimately”

  20. “along with more than $7 million in liability arising from the slide that occurred after the Ravens reportedly decided not to select Tunsil due to the video.”

    How would anyone prove this? Ravens have already been on the record saying this isn’t true.

  21. Beetch move exacting revenge on someone by attacking their livelihood.

  22. SO, not only did Tunsil ask, and receive, impermissable benefits from Ole Miss, he also received a “new phone” from a “financial adviser” he hired during the college football season. Where did Tunsil get the money to hire this adviser? Was the phone another “impermissable” benefit? There are sooooo many more questions raised by this – and none of it looks good for Tunsil. Yes, he was likely taken advantage of by this “adviser”. However, Tunsil was also likely sharp enough to have obtained plenty of “benefits” from this predator during their association as well. Not the worst character, but Tunsil is definitely highlighting many many red flags in the “character” arena.

  23. I feel bad for Tunsil, and I wish him the best. I also think the Ravens made the right decision to with Stanley.

  24. “Persons close to Tunsil think the former business manager/financial adviser may have accessed Tunsil’s account by using Tunsil’s old phone.”

    Did they figure that out all on their own, or did they read the comments section from the PFT article posted April 29, 2016, 5:31 PM EDT?

  25. rrhoe says:
    May 4, 2016 12:05 PM
    How does a college player have a business manager/financial adviser?????

    Very few incoming rookies can afford mgr/agent, etc. So the se people sign the players on in exchange for future payment, once they sign contracts.

  26. Maybe it’s just me, but p*ssing off a 6’5 310-lb man who can move, to the tune of several of million dollars, doesn’t seem like a real bright idea.

  27. The crazy thing is that this man just brought down Ole Miss too. There’s no way they can get off with anything less than the near death penalty USC got for Reggie Bush.

  28. Why isn’t the person named? People accused of things are named all the time publicly. This isn’t a juvenile or anything like that.

  29. Lots of character questioning going on here…

    Somebody bought him a plane ticket and lent him a car… none of us would accept those things. That would be unthinkable. We’re all angels.

    Bottom line is his mistakes are clearly the result of naivety and youth, not poor character.

    This kid stood up to a grown man threatening his mother and beat that guy up. He’s welcome at my house for dinner any day of the week.

  30. How does a college player have a business manager/financial adviser?????
    ——————————————————————–
    Tunsil, was not just a college player,
    By October when he hired the advisor, he was also a future millionaire who needed to start preparations on how to handle that money.

  31. teal379 says:
    May 4, 2016 11:22 AM
    Best way not to end up on twitter in a bong mask, 13 minutes before the most important hour of your life is to not be recording yourself wearing a bong mask.

    Call me crazy but a person should be able to figure that out long before they attend post-secondary education age.
    ===============================
    Actually, no. Best way is to not be wearing a bong mask.
    Interesting perspective worth thinking about. I have a picture of three of my children wearing a similar mask. Only thing is, they were in the military at the time and it was a gas mask and they were defending our country. And I can tell you this. In spite of their service to the country, they don’t feel as entitled as these spoiled brats like Tunsil.

  32. The person responsible for Tunsil’s slide is Tunsil. What kind of moron lets someone take a pic of him like that? HE broke the rules by asking for money. Don’t get upset at the guy who leaked it- you SHOULDNT HAVE DONE ANY OF THAT.

  33. If it was indeed the former business manager, he can kiss his career goodbye, even if he doesn’t go to prison. Who would trust him? I wouldn’t!

  34. His punishment wasn’t sliding down the draft. The punishment is going to a team without a playoff victory since 2000. Or 12 playoff points in two losses since 2000. YIKES!

  35. Tunsil is a jedi and it was foreseen he would go to the Dolphins and he was like well if I gotta play for a team that can’t win might as well get high

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