It’s been reported that the Miami Dolphins believe they know who hacked into Laremy Tunsil’s social media accounts on draft night.
While attention was initially placed on the stepfather who filed suit against Tunsil the day before the draft, later into draft night the idea of a financial advisor who had recently worked for Tunsil began to make the rounds.
The draft slide out of the top five to No. 13 cost Tunsil as much as $8 million according to Forbes magazine.
It remains to be seen if criminal charges come about.
However, if Tunsil chooses to pursue the matter in civil litigation it’s possible he could recover the $8 million and much, much more.
That is, if the hacker has thte assets to make that possible.
According to Lance Stevens of the Jackson firm Stevens and Ward, “The loss estimates for the draft debacle appear to range from $5 million to upwards of $16 million, and the salary guarantees make the calculations very reliable. An appellate court would have no problem affirming a verdict in that range. If the breach was accompanied by an evil motive – and I can’t fathom this hack being just a party gag – Tunsil might also be entitled to punitive damages.”
Stevens is the former president of the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association. His firm specializes in injury litigation.