Tunsil's attorney: NCAA already knew about texts exchange with coaches
The weekend is nearly over and so far the only thing Ole Miss has said publicly following Laremy Tunsil’s admission of taking money from his Rebel coaches Thursday during the first round of the NFL draft was a brief statement indicating they would investigate and cooperate with any NCAA or SEC inquires.
While the school may be keeping quiet for now, Tunsil’s attorney Steve Farese recently did an interview with Mad Dog Sports Radio to discuss his client’s fateful draft night and the infamous text messages posted online that seemed to implicate two Ole Miss coaches.
Farese blames Tunsil’s agent Jimmy Sexton for failing to protect him following the circus that ensued once the gas mask bong video was tweeted out just before the start of the draft and in his press conference after being selected by the Miami Dolphins.
“That’s not my job,” Farese said on the air. “That’s the job of the agent.”
Farese closed with some strong statements regarding the text messages between Tunsil and Ole Miss staffer John Miller. The attorney claims the NCAA was well aware of the exchange and doesn’t believe anything will come of them after being released publicly during the draft.
“My information is that issue, in and of itself, has already been discussed previously with the NCAA and there was nothing to it,” Farese said. “Once the truth comes out about that text, and I hate to make a pun, but the text is taken out of context. And once it is found out what this is all about, it will be much to do about nothing.”
An interesting note regarding these statements, Farese makes no attempt to discredit the messages or claim they did not actually occur, therefore proving they do in fact exist.
If the text messages truly were taken out of context, some big questions still loom over this case. What was he apologizing for and why did he admit to taking money from his Ole Miss coaches? Why is Tunsil saying this and not Ole Miss, as the Clarion Ledger’s Hugh Kellenberger pointed out:
My only thing with Farese statement: if that's the case, why is he saying it on Sunday and not Ole Miss on Thursday?
— Hugh Kellenberger (@HKellenbergerCL) May 1, 2016