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NFL star's infamous gas mask bong video is now an NFT valued at about $3,700

Apr 29, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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“To this day, I still play with the anger, because I have to prove myself, because I feel like I’m not getting the accolades I deserve because of the gas mask”

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About 10 minutes before the 2016 National Football League draft was set to begin, someone hacked into Laremy Tunsil’s Twitter account.

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Leading up to the draft, the 6’5″ and 313 pound left tackle was in the conversation to be the No. 1 pick and projected to become a superstar.

That perception changed in a matter of seconds.

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The hacked account tweeted out a video of Tunsil smoking from a gas-mask bong and it quickly spread across social media. Tunsil plummeted down the draft board just as fast.

He was eventually selected 13th overall but the tumble down the draft board cost Tunsil more than $7 million.

Six years later, the projections that Tunsil would evolve into one of the best left tackles in the game have proven true. And now the two-time Pro Bowl selection is making something positive out of the infamous video.

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As a way to firmly put the moment behind him, he says, and to support the Last Prisoner Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to cannabis criminal justice reform, Tunsil has released a non-fungible token (NFT) of the video.

“Relive the most famous football Draft moment, a moment that is shown and described alongside all sport drafts – the ‘Gas Mask Video,’” reads a description of the NFT. “The video was released without Laremy’s consent on draft night in 2016 forever changing the course of Laremy’s future. The owner of this token will forever own a unique piece of draft memorabilia.”

Currently, the leading bid for the NFT is 1.4207 ETH, or about $3,700.

Ahead of the release of the NFT, Tunsil finally addressed the video in an interview with Complex.

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“To this day, I still play with the anger, because I have to prove myself, because I feel like I’m not getting the accolades I deserve because of the gas mask,” he said.

Some projections had Tunsil as the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL draft, but after the gas mask video was leaked, he fell to 13th overall.
Some projections had Tunsil as the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL draft, but after the gas mask video was leaked, he fell to 13th overall. Photo by Laremy Tunsil Instagram

He added, though, that he doesn’t regret the video, which was filmed while he was attending the University of Mississippi.

“I don’t care that people know I’ve smoked marijuana,” he said. “I don’t care at all. It’s just the thing where when they hear Laremy Tunsil, they think ‘gas mask.’ When they see a picture of me, they think ‘gas mask,’ and that’s the part that really bothers me, because I’m more than that.”

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