It is likely that both Ole Miss and former tackle Laremy Tunsil know who hacked Tunsil's phone ahead of the 2016 NFL Draft last year, costing him millions of dollars as he fell out of his projected top-three pick. Not that they intend to take any action.
SB Nation, in an in-depth article surrounding the fiasco, reports that neither Tunsil nor Ole Miss want to take action against the hacker, for fear of future reprisal. Tunsil and Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze have the same agent in Jimmy Sexton.
SB Nation reported that Tunsil and Ole Miss could easily report the hacker to the FBI or other law enforcement for extortion or black mail. The FBI confirmed to SB Nation that it had received no such inquiries from either party. No one from Ole Miss or Tunsil's camp responded for comment on SB Nation's article.
"Laremy knows exactly who was behind this. We all do,” an Ole Miss source told SB Nation. “But if he makes a public accusation, is there a retaliation? Are there more text messages released? That would only hurt us because of the NCAA, and he knows that."
“Laremy has been told to move on, that it doesn’t matter. Which really sucks for the kid because he made enough of a mistake to let one person hold it over him and almost ruin his career. So it does matter. But no one gains anything if this person is ever found and punished, not even Laremy.”
According to multiple SB Nation sources, the person who hacked Tunsil's phone made contact with him sometime during the 2015 college football season, providing him with Apple devices in exchange for future financial arrangements when Tunsil entered the draft. He offered to transfer Tunsil's account information while setting up his new advice, which is how he gained access to Tunsil's login information for his iCloud account — and ultimately used it against him.
To recap: On the night of the 2016 NFL Draft, a video surfaced on Tunsil's Instagram of him smoking marijuana out of a gas mask bong two year prior. His Instagram also posted screenshots of Tunsil allegedly asking for money from an Ole Miss coach. Tunsil, a projected top-three pick, fell to No. 13, where he was drafted by the NFL's Miami Dolphins.
Shortly after he was drafted, reporters asked whether he had received money from coaches at Ole Miss during his time there. Tunsil, after denying that he'd received money, said, "I would have to say yeah." The Ole Miss football program, which had already been under investigation by the NCAA, has since self-imposed a one-year postseason ban in 2017.