Laremy Tunsil has a lot more to worry about than the colossal hit his first NFL salary took after a video surfaced showing him taking a bong hit from a gas mask.
New Jersey Governor and anti-marijuana crusader Chris Christie
Christie, a former U.S. attorney, said that he would have brought his prosecutorial hammer down on Tunsil over the video of him that emerged just before the NFL Draft on Thursday night.
"It's unbelievable," Christie said Friday on the "Boomer & Carton" radio show on New York’s WFAN. "Because the bong hits aren't enough. Give me the gas mask too. It's incredible. I can't take my eyes off it. It's unbelievable."
"When I was a prosecutor, I would've gone in and cuffed this guy," Christie said. "I would've been all over it."
(Cue the recording posted above to the 7-minute and 15-second mark for discussion of Tunsil.)
Christie, who abandoned his presidential campaign to line up behind front-runner Donald Trump, is vehemently opposed to legalizing marijuana. When his campaign was still active, he promised he would strictly uphold the federal ban on marijuana, despite the fact that most Americans are in favor of legalization. Though medical marijuana is legal in New Jersey, Christie has also called it a "front for legalization." He was unmoved by the story of a young girl who was forced to relocate to Colorado to access medical marijuana, due to the strictness of New Jersey’s program.
But Christie’s plan might not be so easily executed. While it is unclear when or where the video was taken, most states have statute of limitations, and Tunsil said the episode "happened years ago."
Christie added that he felt sorry for the impact the video had on Tunsil’s draft fortunes.
"Who's the guy who hates him enough that they had access to that video and put it on?" Christie said. "I mean, wow."
CORRECTION: This article previously stated that Tunsil ran a 4.33 second 40-yard dash; in fact, he declined to run the 40-yard dash.