Laremy Tunsil, stepfather drop cases against each other

BySam Khan Jr. ESPN logo
Monday, August 3, 2015

The legal case involving Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil and his stepfather was dismissed Monday.

The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports, citing Tunsil's attorney Steven Farese Sr., that both parties -- Tunsil and his stepfather, Lindsey Miller -- agreed to drop the domestic violence charges against each other stemming from an incident in late June, and that the case was dismissed by the Lafayette County Court in Oxford, Mississippi.

Tunsil and Miller were arrested after an altercation that occurred June 25. Both pressed charges against each other and reportedly went to court earlier this week.

The 21-year-old Tunsil told Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze that he was defending his mother, Desiree Tunsil, from an attack by Miller in her home in Oxford. Miller said Laremy Tunsil was the instigator and claimed the incident stemmed from an argument about Tunsil "riding around with agents."

The Clarion-Ledger reports that both Tunsil and Miller signed dismissal forms last week.

While the legal matter is in the rearview mirror, there remains an ongoing NCAA investigation after Miller alleged that Tunsil committed NCAA rules violations. The investigation began in July, and Miller met with Chris Howard, the NCAA's director of enforcement. Ole Miss issued a statement shortly thereafter pledging cooperation with the investigation, and Freeze addressed it at SEC media days weeks later.

"We will fully cooperate with whoever wants whatever process is going on," Freeze said. "I don't know anything. No one has talked to me, but I do know that I'm confident in who we are and how we do things, and I'm confident in the person that Laremy is."

Freeze said Tunsil would be eligible if the season started today.

Tunsil, a junior, is a preseason first-team All-SEC selection and is expected to be a high selection in the 2016 NFL draft should he decide to declare for early entry.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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