Ole Miss OL Laremy Tunsil charged for domestic violence after defending his mother

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This one is weird. At first you want to shake your head at the headline involving a college football player being arrested for punching someone, but when you learn more of the details surrounding the incident, you begin to understand where he was coming from.

Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil was arrested Friday and charged for domestic violence. Tunsil allegedly stepped into the middle of an incident involving his mother and stepfather Thursday, which led to Tunsil landing a punch on his stepfather.

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze confirmed Tunsil has been charged, and Tunsil and his mother have pressed charges against his stepfather.

“We can confirm that Laremy Tunsil turned himself in and was arrested for a misdemeanor, domestic violence-simple assault,” a statement from Freeze said. “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.

“Laremy and his mother have also pressed charges against his stepfather,” Freeze’s statement continued. “As we gather more facts, we will act and make decisions accordingly.”

A coach never wants to see the words “domestic violence” next to one of his players’ names, but this could be one exception to that rule.