Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze has confirmed that offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil has turned himself in and has been arrested on a charge of misdemeanor domestic violence-simple assault.
ESPN cited a source in reporting that Tunsil, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound junior from Lake City, Fla., last Thursday allegedly struck his stepfather, Lindsey Miller. The incident occurred at the home of Tunsil’s mother, Desiree Tunsil.
ESPN reported that Laremy Tunsil reacted after Miller shoved his mother.
“We can confirm that Laremy Tunsil turned himself in and was arrested for a misdemeanor, domestic violence-simple assault,” Freeze said in a statement. “The incident occurred Thursday night and involves Laremy defending his mother against his stepfather. Laremy realizes he could have handled it differently, but I am proud of him for standing up for his mother and protecting his family.”
Freeze also said that Tunsil and his mother have pressed charges against Miller.
“As we gather more facts we will act and make decisions accordingly,” he said.
Tunsil, who is recovering from a broken leg but expected to be ready for August practice, has been named a first team preseason All-American by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview.
A two-time All-SEC selection, Tunsil was named second team All-America by three different outlets in 2014.
ESPN’s Todd McShay currently projects Tunsil as the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.