Report: Ole Miss responds to agent allegations against Tunsil
The stepfather of Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil told deputies of the Lafayette Country Sheriff’s Department that Tunsil was “riding around with football agents” at the time of the incident that led to the Rebel star’s arrest, according to the Clarion-Ledger.
NCAA eligibility regulations state that a student athlete can’t compete if he/she, or his/her relatives or friends, “ever have accepted money, transportation, lodging, entertainment or other benefits from an agent or agreed to have an agent market (his/her) athletics ability or reputation in that sport.”
However, a spokesperson for Ole Miss reportedly said Wednesday that the allegations, if true, would not constitute a major NCAA violation, while adding that the school is still examining the allegations of Lindsey Miller, the stepdad.
Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze had previously addressed the subject of Tunsil and agents in a statement to the Clarion-Ledger on Tuesday.
"We are aware that Laremy and his family have met with potential agents, which is within his NCAA rights as a student-athlete," Freeze said. "Regarding the altercation, we will continue to gather facts and cooperate with the proper authorities."
Over the weekend, Freeze verified Tunsil had been arrested and claimed the player was acting in defense of his mom, Desiree Tunsil.
"His stepfather shoved his mom and Laremy punched him," a source told ESPN. "It’s as simple as that. He was defending his mother."
According to the Clarion-Ledger, Miller contends he did not push Desiree Tunsil, and that the incident proceeded from an argument between he and Tunsil’s mother about agents.
Miller told a deputy that he tried to shake Tunsil’s hand when Tunsil entered the house but Tunsil pushed him against a wall and began hitting him, according to a Clarion-Ledger story Tuesday that cited a police report.
Both men are pressing assault and domestic violence charges against each other and have a court date scheduled for July 14, sheriff’s department officials told ESPN.
Tunsil is entering his third season with the Rebels and was named an All-SEC (first team) pick by The Associated Press last season. The junior is working his way back from broken leg and dislocated ankle endured in the team’s 42-3 Peach Bowl loss vs. TCU.