Laremy Tunsil is Turning His Gas Mask Video Into an NFT and Donating a Portion of the Proceeds to the Last Prisoner Project
Talk about a succinct headline
Tomorrow the 2022 NFL Draft commences, and as someone who watches virtually no college football, it's a night I enjoy but can't get too worked up about; I don't know who these dudes are anymore! I just hope the Patriots don't draft another Tavon Wilson, Jordan Richards, Ras-I Dowling, Derek Rivers, Dominique Easley, Dalton Keane, Devin Asiasi, Jake Bequette, Aaron Dobson, Cyrus Jones, N'Keal Harry or Duke Dawson.
Six years ago, a video of now Texans offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil ripping the fuuuuck out of a gas mask (a method to consume cannabis for lamez) got tons of people and NFL team execs worked up. So much so that he fell to the 13th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft!
Tunsil turned into a solid NFL tackle with two Pro Bowls (semi-meaningless praise) under his belt and was traded (with Kenny Stills) for two first-rounders. Still, to most people, he'll always be associated with the gas mask video (which IMO is better than the Confederate Flag behind him). But, Laremy is burning up that narrative to do a hashtag good guy thing!
In perhaps the most 2022 move of all time, Tunsil is turning the video into an NFT, with a PORTION of the proceeds going towards the Last Prisoner Project. That's a move I can fully support. It's fucking lunacy that people are still in jail for a bit of reefer when others make millions off legal weed in 18 states (36% of the union). I learned about Last Prisoner Project at a Dave Matthews Band concert last summer, and as an unabashed sweet cheeba supporter, I gladly signed their petition and took some stickers; one is currently on my cracked laptop case.
Now the amount of Tunsil's hashtag good guyness is still to be determined. How much of these proceeds are we talking? If it's under 50%, this story might end up a net negative for him. I don't give a fuck; I'll count the shit out of someone else's money. I know NFL contracts aren't nearly as big as they look when announced, but this guy signed a three-year 66 million dollar deal in 2020 with almost 58 million guaranteed. If he ends up donating like 10K, it's like me giving an unhoused guy a five-spot last Saturday; nobody needs to know.
What's this gonna sell for? A few hundred thousand? Just donate it all to people who genuinely need it so they don't rot their life away in a cell. Imagine being in jail for some 1970s dirt weed that wouldn't get anybody high today? *Silvio Voice* DISGUSTING.
Now obviously, it's a nice gesture to donate to this cause, but if this dude is giving like 15% of the profits to charity, I'm rescinding his hashtag good guy status. Think about the long game. Imagine if you got some of the 40,000 people in American jails for cannabis their freedom back? You get to be a hero and their champion (something that ain't happening as a Houston Texan). Maybe a weed company would want to endorse you? Plus, I'm willing to make you a First Ballot Hashtag Good Guy Hall of Famer if you donate all the proceeds. Just some munchies for thought.
I love this energy.
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