Mississippi offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil (78) severely injures his leg when quarterback Bo Wallace (14) is sacked on top of him by TCU's Josh Carraway (94) during the first half of their Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl game at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2014, in Atlanta. UPI/David Tulis | License Photo
Laremy Tunsil is facing another lawsuit from his stepfather as the former Ole Miss offensive tackle prepares for the NFL Draft.
Lindsey Miller, Tunsil's stepfather, alleges in the suit that Tunsil attacked him last June and verbally abused him, leading to "intentional infliction of emotional distress." Tunsil said he was acting in defense of his mother.
Tunsil is expected to be among the first names called after the draft begins Thursday night in Chicago.
Miller wants 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 and 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)," according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is mentioned in the suit.
"Defendant Tunsil knew, or should have known, that Coach Hugh Freeze, in particular, would repeat his remarks to local, state, and/or national media given Defendant Tunsil's critical role on the Ole Miss football team. In fact, Coach Freeze and/or others did just that. As a result, Defendant Tunsil's malicious statements, as repeated by Coach Freeze and others, caused irreparable damage to Mr. Miller's reputation, the nature and scope of which will be determined at trial."
The case was dropped last August with Tunsil and Miller agreed not to pursue domestic violence charges.
Tunsil also was ruled last year to have received impermissible benefits and was suspended for the first seven games of Ole Miss' 2015 season.
The NCAA determined after an investigation that Tunsil had access to "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."
NFLDraftScout.com projects that Tunsil will be the No. 6 pick in this year's draft. He finished his college career allowing just two sacks in 29 games.