Apparently there's been a primary suspect identified in the Laremy Tunsil social media hack. The Dolphins believe the leak was perpetrated by one of Tunsil's former financial advisors, according to a report by Andrew Abramson of The Palm Beach Post. Abramson doesn't include the guy's name, but says he was fired by Tunsil before the draft.
In case you've been trapped in the wilderness without cell service for the past 48 hours, Tunsil's draft night was derailed when a video of him smoking a bong was sent from his own verified Twitter account just minutes before the first round began. Shortly thereafter, his Instagram account sent out screen caps of a purported text conversation in which Tunsil asks an Ole Miss assistant AD for rent money. Tunsil said on Thursday night that he didn't know who hijacked his social accounts.
The early assumption was that Tunsil's stepdad, Lindsey Miller, was behind this. After an altercation between Miller and Tunsil last summer, Miller went public with his assertions that Tunsil had committed NCAA violations, leading to an investigation and an eventual seven-game suspension. Just last week, Miller filed a lawsuit against Tunsil.
But Tunsil's lawyer, Steven Farise, told the New York Post that Miller had been ruled out as the hacker.
Whoever they are, they could be facing up to five years prison time and civil liability damages, according to The Big Lead. As Houston based attorney Travis Crabtree points out:
The SCA makes it illegal for anyone to "intentionally access without authorization a facility through which an electronic communication service is provided or . . . intentionally exceeds an authorization to access that facility; and thereby obtains, alters, or prevents authorize access to a wire or electronic communication while it is in electronic storage in such system." Accessing his Twitter or Instagram accounts without his permission would likely be a violation.
Tunsil has said that he doesn't want to pursue charges against the hacker, but that may very well change. It should be noted, of course, that the individual in question tried to peddle the video to Deadspin as recently as April 12. Certainly there's real malice at work, here, and Laremy Tunsil missed out on a boatload of money for it.