MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The draft drama surrounding the Miami Dolphins’ newest pick, Laremy Tunsil, has grabbed the attention of politicians.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie weighed in on the athlete’s controversy after video surfaced just minutes before Thursday’s NFL draft of Tunsil allegedly smoking marijuana from a gas mask bong.
“It’s unbelievable,” Christie said on CBS Sports’ Boomer & Carton. “Because the bong hits aren’t enough. Give me the gas mask too… it’s incredible. I can’t take my eyes off it. It’s unbelievable.”
Rated to go 1st overall by many experts, Tunsil experienced a dramatic fall down teams’ draft boards because of the video until Miami selected him at #13.
Tunsil said both his Twitter and Instagram accounts were hacked and, judging by the timing of the video’s release, it appears it was a pre-calculated attack with a serious intent to destroy Tunsil’s value.
NFL analysts estimate the video cost him about $8 million in potential earnings had he been picked higher.
Christie said he would have arrested Tunsil for the alleged drug use.
“When I was a prosecutor, I would’ve gone in and cuffed this guy,” Christie said, who began practicing law in 1987. “I would’ve been all over it.”
Though, Christie did offer his sympathy, adding that he felt awful that Tunsil was targeted in such a vindictive way.
“Who’s the guy who hates him enough that they had access to that video and put it on,” Christie asked. “I mean, wow.”