Fired adviser may have accessed Tunsil’s accounts via old cellphone

Dolphins No. 1 pick Laremy Tunsil holds his jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
Dolphins No. 1 pick Laremy Tunsil holds his jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

The person who hacked Laremy Tunsil’s social media accounts on draft night could be a former business manager and financial adviser who gave him a new cellphone in October and may have accessed the accounts through the old cellphone, ESPN’s Outside the Lines is reporting.

The network did not name the man, whom Tunsil fired after learning he wasn’t registered as a financial adviser, but said Tunsil’s representatives are investigating the man.

The hacker posted video on Tunsil’s Twitter account showing him using a gas mask and bong, triggering a freefall in the draft to 13th overall, where the Dolphins selected the offensive tackle.

Tunsil, originally projected to be one of the top players in the draft, lost millions in the process.

At first, speculation centered on Tunsil’s stepfather, Lindsey Miller, with whom he has had legal disputes. But over the weekend, The Post and NFL Network began reporting that the hacker might have been the fired adviser instead. The Post first reported that the Dolphins suspect the adviser.

Miller denied posting the video, telling ESPN, “If I had a picture of Laremy or Instagram — I don’t have Instagram or Twitter — but if I had Instagram information, when I talked to the NCAA, I would have given that.”

ESPN reported that as Tunsil’s representatives uncover evidence, they could turn it over to the FBI, which could press criminal charges. ESPN said authorities it spoke to have not been contacted to pursue the matter.

NFL says drug evaluation will decide if Tunsil is in the clear

Dolphins No. 1 pick Laremy Tunsil holds his jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
Dolphins No. 1 pick Laremy Tunsil holds his jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Laremy Tunsil isn’t in the clear. At least not yet.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, responding to a report a day earlier, said Tuesday that Tunsil, the Dolphins’ No. 1 draft pick, has to be evaluated by clinical professionals before the league determines whether he begins his career under Stage 1 of the substance abuse program, USA Today reported. The stage does not include suspensions or fines but is one strike against a player.

“The reports regarding Laremy Tunsil’s status are inaccurate,” McCarthy wrote in an e-mail to USA Today, confirming what McCarthy said Thursday night after Tunsil was drafted.

McCarthy contradicted an ESPN report from Monday. Also, Marc Edelman, an associate professor who specializes in sports law and contributes to Forbes, told The Post last week that he would encourage the NFL to “let it go.”

The controversy surrounds a video posted online just before the draft of Tunsil with a gas mask and a bong. Tunsil and his agent said the video is two years old. The timing is important because players can be placed into Stage 1 if:

Behavior (including but not limited to an arrest or conduct related to an alleged misuse of Substances of Abuse occurring up to two (2) football seasons prior to the Player’s applicable scouting combine) which, in the judgment of the Medical Director, exhibits physical, behavioral, or psychological signs or symptoms of misuse of Substances of Abuse.

All that is still to be determined, McCarthy wrote.

“Any incoming player with behavior or conduct involving a substance of abuse will be evaluated by the program’s advisors,” McCarthy wrote. “Those clinical professionals – not the club, league or union – will determine whether based on that evaluation the player should be entered into the program. Neither the club nor the league has a role in that process, and are not notified of their decision.”

In Stage 1, a player is under watch for up to 180 days. He can be tested randomly at any point. In Stage 2, a player is in the program and can be randomly tested for two years. A Stage 3 marijuana violation can result in a 10-game unpaid suspension.

Fan dreamed Dolphins would draft Tunsil in 2014 — and he can prove it

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If you think Laremy Tunsil falling to the Dolphins in the draft was a dream, you are so right.

Long before most of us had even heard of Tunsil, one Dolphins fan from Greenville, South Carolina, dreamed it would happen. This was two years ago.

And he can prove it.

“Laremy Tunsil is a star. Beast. Had a dream last night that the #Dolphins drafted him. Lol.. What is wrong with me!? Haha”

That was a tweet the fan posted, and it says it right there: 9:37 am, 13 Aug 2014.

Tunsil (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Tunsil (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Oh, did we say the fan is a prophet?

Rob Proffitt is his name, going by the Twitter handle @BreakinDownFilm, and yes, he’s just as stunned at how it played out as anyone.

“Man, it has been crazy,” said Proffitt, 33. “Thirty or 40 people have asked me for the winning lottery numbers. Who’s going to win the presidency? Who’s the Dolphins’ first-round pick in 2017?”

Proffitt’s tweet was so long ago, he had forgotten about his prophecy. Then, just before the draft, a hacker posted a video of Tunsil with a gas mask and a bong on social media, causing him to plummet out of the top few slots to the Dolphins with the 13th overall pick.

And then?

“Somebody Twitter-searched my name and obviously Tunsil and they said, ‘Hey, man, look at this,’ ” Proffitt said. “And I went, ‘Oh my goodness. I forget all about that. I actually did have a dream about him being on the Dolphins. This is crazy.’ ”

Proffitt has an explanation for his dream. Well, as good an explanation as anyone can have for a dream involving Roger Goodell holding an index card.

“A lot of these guys who follow me know I’m a really big into high school recruiting,” he said. “So a lot of these guys in the draft, I’ve known about since they were 16, 17 years old. And Laremy is one of them. I’ve watched his film since he was in high school and I knew how good a player he was at Ole Miss. And obviously as a Dolphins fan, with the offensive line concerns and Ryan Tannehill getting killed all the time, Laremy Tunsil — that’s been my guy for three or four years. He’s been my ideal Dolphins player.”

All his life, Proffitt seemingly has had a knack for right place/right time. He’s a former staff sergeant in the Air Force and as such, the military media is filled with stories of his heroism.

In 2012, he decided to plan a trick on wife Nikki while they were at the beach with their three young children. He waded to chin-deep waters far offshore, far beyond his norm. Suddenly, he heard cries for help. A young girl had been swept up in a riptide and was drowning, barely visible above the surface. Although it was a struggle, he pulled her to safety.

Another time, he performed the Heimlich maneuver on an officer choking on a sandwich.

And still another time, he was in an accident and tied his shirt around the badly injured leg of a friend. The man regained the use of his leg.

Proffitt comes from a family of prophets, apparently. His father became hooked on the Dolphins when he watched his first NFL game on TV.

“It just so happens, it’s the Miami Dolphins, and they won,” Proffitt said. “The next week, he watched it, it was the Dolphins and they won again. This was 1972.”

Ten years later, when Rob was born?

“My dad put a stuffed Dolphins football in my incubator.”

Proffitt is so good at this, the question now becomes whether he can save Mike Tannenbaum and Chris Grier time and effort by telling everyone whom the Dolphins will draft in the first round next year.

Clip and save: Proffitt said it’ll be Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey or Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster.

What about the most important stuff? Those lottery numbers, Rob?

“I don’t know,” he said. “Maybe I need to sleep on it tonight. I’ll get back to you in the morning.”

South Carolina's Rob Proffitt, a fan of Ryan Tannehill's, is glad the Dolphins' QB now has Laremy Tunsil as a bodyguard. (Courtesy of Rob Proffitt)
South Carolina’s Rob Proffitt, a fan of Ryan Tannehill’s, is glad the Dolphins’ QB now has Laremy Tunsil as a bodyguard. (Courtesy of Rob Proffitt)

The Tunsil puzzle: 6 factors the Dolphins need to be kicking around

Many Dolphins fans today are celebrating the selection of the offensive lineman who may be the best talent in the draft. That’s fine. Optimism is why the gods included April on the NFL calendar. Still, logistics aside, if he were taken by the Patriots, would the same fans quickly brush aside concerns that some NFL teams did not? How much of fans’ vision is colored by the color of the jersey?

TunsilForgetting for a moment the logistics, what if, instead of going to the Dolphins in the first round, Laremy Tunsil had landed in New England?

That’s just one of several questions I have about the selection. You should have some, too, because the fact is, you don’t know, I don’t know, the Dolphins don’t know and even Laremy Tunsil doesn’t know if, in a few years, this selection will be remembered as genius or reckless. It’s hard to picture much in-between.

This is not to say I would not have taken Tunsil if I were Chris Grier, Mike Tannenbaum and Steve Ross. Their file on him is a thousand times thicker than mine, orchestrated by respected security chief Stu Weinstein.

Here are issues they (and we) all should be kicking around:

1. “Half the kids in college do it.”

The video posted on social media of him with a bong and a gas mask sparked an avalanche of responses, including a series of tweets from former Dolphin Jared Odrick on how pot is legal in some areas and pointing out the hypocrisy of the NFL toward recreational drugs compared to more serious, violent crimes. (Interesting to note that one team that admitted wiping Tunsil off their draft board was the Ravens, former team of one Ray Rice.)

Food for thought: Let’s not turn this into a debate about what what’s not egregious and what ought to be legal. Tunsil, a player with NFL talent, jeopardized his future by using the bong, compounded it by doing it in the presence of others and worsened it even more by allowing it to be recorded.

Tunsil admitted those were unwise choices Thursday night. Hopefully he’ll learn. With Roger Goodell around, he has no choice.

2. Was it an isolated incident?

It’s an uncomfortable issue to raise on draft night, but Grier faced that very question, plus another on whether his first-round selection loves football more than drugs. Tunsil was asked if he has a drug problem.

Grier: “There’s no doubt he loves football and football’s very important to him. So for us, we were very comfortable and once you talk to him and spend a little time, the coaches upstairs and the scouts, the room was jacked when we got him.”

Tunsil: “I do not have a drug problem. You can check all of my college tests, I never failed one.”

One other box to check: The one that says Tunsil handled Thursday night with grace and class far beyond anything anyone could have expected. You couldn’t wipe the smile off his face or get him to stop saying how “blessed” he was to be a Miami Dolphin.

3. It’s mind-boggling how much prep work goes into the draft.

Think about it. The Dolphins were picking 13th overall. Tunsil was one of the top prospects on everyone’s board. Miami had no chance at him … right? So why waste time checking his background when there are hundreds of other guys who realistically could be in play? Why talk to his college coaches, high school coaches, the nurse who helped deliver him on Aug. 2, 1994?

Because stuff happens.

The video was news to you and me. It wasn’t to Grier.

“We had done work and we had known about it,” he said. “The video’s two years old, so from all the information we had we were comfortable with it.”

Grier added, “Stu Weinstein, as you guys know, is one of the best security guys in the league, security directors. (We have) done a great job of researching (Tunsil’s) background. We spent time with him at the Combine. Our area scout, Matt Winston, has done a great job in terms of researching him, spending time with him at the pro day. This is a guy — he has done personality tests, all the stuff we do.”

Initially, Tunsil inferred the video was older than two years but finally confirmed that yes, it’s from two years ago.

4. Tunsil admitted taking money from Ole Miss’ assistant athletic director.

Similar to the recreational drug issue. We could go on forever over whether college athletes should be paid (c’mon, of course they should be). We could debate whether his financial problems were legit (sure seems so).

Not the point. It’s 2016, it’s against NCAA regulations, but Tunsil did it anyway. He also was suspended half the season for taking other impermissible benefits.

Bad judgment? No other options? You decide.

5. Sometimes, you luck into a bargain.

Remember 1983? There was a QB from Pitt with a rumored drug problem. The Dolphins took a shot anyway at No. 27.

Character questions zapped Warren Sapp and Randy Moss in the draft, couldn’t torpedo Jameis Winston, and caused Johnny Manziel to fall to No. 22.

Moral of the story: Most of those guys overcame it, but every case is different. Overthinking sometimes is as bad as underthinking.

6. The unquestioned villain.

No debate necessary here. Someone in possession of the video offered to sell it to Deadspin, which declined.

That’s probably the someone who also just happened to post the video right as the draft began to maximize the hit on Tunsil’s wallet.

Does it get any lower than that?

NFL Draft 2016: Grade the Miami Dolphins’ pick of Laremy Tunsil

Laremy Tunsil of Ole Miss walks on stage after being picked #13 overall by the Miami Dolphins during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
Laremy Tunsil of Ole Miss walks on stage after being picked #13 overall by the Miami Dolphins during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

So-called NFL experts are always offering up their grades of teams after the draft.

But we’d rather hear from you. How would YOU grade the Miami Dolphins’ shocking first-round pick of Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil?

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