Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is expected to be one of the top picks in the 2016 NFL Draft, but on Tuesday, 48 hours before he finds out his professional fate, he was the target of another lawsuit filed by an attorney on behalf of Tunsil's stepfather, Lindsey Miller.
In the latest suit, according to the Clarion-Ledger, Miller alleges that Tunsil attacked him last June and that Tunsil defamed Miller’s character. The lawsuit also alleges that these two things were an “intentional infliction of emotional distress.”
Attempts by the Clarion-Ledger to contact Tunsil's agent were unsuccessful.
Tunsil was arrested last June for punching Miller. At the time, Tunsil said he struck Miller while defending his mother. Tunsil alleged that Miller had shoved her. Miller claimed that the altercation stemmed from an argument he had with Tunsil's mother about Tunsil "riding around with football agents."
Miller's remarks led to a meeting with the NCAA a week later to discuss any possible rules violations.
A week after that, the protective order filed by Miller against Tunsil was dismissed in court.
And by August, the case involving Tunsil and Miller had been dismissed after both men agreed to drop the domestic-violence charges filed against each another.
More details on the latest lawsuit, via the Clarion-Ledger:
Miller’s new lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages, attorney fees, pre- and post-judgment interest and all costs associated with the suit because of “past, present, and future bodily injury, pain & suffering, severe emotional distress, medical costs, damage to reputation, and/or other types of damages that he has incurred (and will likely continue to incur).”
Tunsil was suspended for the first seven games of the 2015 season for accepting impermissible benefits, including, according to the NCAA, "the use of three separate loaner vehicles over a sixth-month period without payment, a four-month interest-free promissory note on $3,000 down payment for purchasing a used vehicle, two nights of lodging at a local home, an airline ticket and one day use of a rental vehicle."
Still, the standout left tackle allowed just two sacks in 29 college games, and according to the latest CBSSports.com mock drafts, he will be off the board by the No. 6 pick.