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Texans’ Laremy Tunsil turning infamous gas-mask video into NFT

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The Houston offfensive tackle is trying to turn an embarrassing moment from the NFL Draft into help for a good cause

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Laremy Tunsil has played for the Texans since 2019.

Laremy Tunsil has played for the Texans since 2019.

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No matter how many times Laremy Tunsil makes the Pro Bowl – he’s made it twice, so far – he’ll always be remembered for one of the most memorable moments in the history of the NFL Draft. Before Draft Day in 2016, a video of the Ole Miss offensive tackle smoking marijuana out of a gas mask was posted on his Twitter account. Tunsil’s Twitter account had been hacked, but the leaked photo caused Tunsil’s stock to fall and he ended up getting picked 13th overall by the Miami Dolphins.

Now, Tunsil is trying to make something positive out of the embarrassing moment.

Tunsil tweeted that he’s minting a non-fungible token (NFT) of the gas mask video. A portion of the proceeds from the NFT will benefit The Last Prisoner Project, a cannabis reform nonprofit focused on freeing everyone incarcerated for marijuana offenses. As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the bidding for the 1-of-1 NFT is at 1.42 ETH, which is equivalent to a little more than $4,000.

“For the past 6 years, I’ve been asked about this moment. The gas mask. I’ve spent 6 years trying to do rather than say – on the field and off the field,” Tunsil tweeted Wednesday. “Fall 2021 I spoke with @complex for the first time about this moment and today, the day before #draftday, I’m officially moving on and putting this moment in the past. I’m minting a 1 of 1 NFT of the infamous gas mask video to be listed.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit @lastprisonerprj which supports those incarcerated for cannabis offenses. I’m looking toward and excited for the future and am grateful for all of those that supported me on my draft night and those that have and will continue to support my journey!”

This video of Mississippi offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil wearing a gas mask and smoking an unknown substance from a bong was posted on his Twitter account right before this year's NFL draft started. Tunsil and his agent claim he was hacked. He slid to 13th in the draft after at one point being considered the likely No. 1 overall pick.

This video of Mississippi offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil wearing a gas mask and smoking an unknown substance from a bong was posted on his Twitter account right before this year’s NFL draft started. Tunsil and his agent claim he was hacked. He slid to 13th in the draft after at one point being considered the likely No. 1 overall pick.

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Tunsil played three seasons in Miami before being traded along with receiver Kenny Stills to the Texans for two first-round picks and a second-round pick in 2019. Tunsil was a Pro Bowler in each of his first two seasons in Houston and the Texans signed him to a three-year, $66 million extension in 2020.



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