As Brett McMurphy of ESPN reports, Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil was arrested Friday night after assaulting his stepfather in a case of domestic violence. The incident was said to have occurred on Thursday night at the home of Tunsil’s mother, Desiree.
Both Tunsil and his mother pressed charges against Laremy’s stepfather, Lindsey Miller, said Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze. According to sources, Tunsil was defending his mother in the incident.
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“His stepfather shoved his mom and Laremy punched him,” a source said. “It’s as simple as that. He was defending his mother.”
“We can confirm that Laremy Tunsil turned himself in and was arrested for a misdemeanor, domestic violence-simple assault,” Freeze said in a statement provided to ESPN. “The incident occurred Thursday night and involves Laremy defending his mother against his stepfather.
“Laremy realizes he could have handled it differently, but I am proud of him for standing up for his mother and protecting his family. Laremy and his mother have also pressed charges against the stepfather. As we gather more facts, we will act and make decisions accordingly.”
Tunsil, who is rehabbing from a broken leg and dislocated ankle, is one of the better offensive lineman in the country and was an All-SEC performer for the Rebels last season. He should be ready for the start of the 2015 season and is projected to be a NFL first-round draft pick. Tunsil could be a top-5 pick if he stays healthy.