When you’re Jimmy Sexton, it pays to have friends in high places.

See a college football player smoking marijuana with the help of a gas mask isn’t particularly shocking… at least not as shocking as discovering that Jimmy Sexton isn’t perfect.

An assistant for Jimmy Sexton, the most powerful agent in football, stood face to face with a client, Laremy Tunsil, the 6-foot-5, 310-pound offensive lineman from the University of Mississippi, in a crowded media room in the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University on Thursday night.

Tunsil had just been selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 13th pick in the first round of the N.F.L. draft. But he was also suddenly at the center of one of the biggest calamities in draft history. Sexton’s assistant, Amy Milam, prepped Tunsil for the onslaught he was about to experience. Sweat was pouring off his brow as soon as reporters began lobbing questions.

After a couple of minutes of questioning, Milam, maybe a foot shorter than Tunsil, quickly barged forward, declared the interview over and pushed him to the door.

The N.F.L. draft, the league’s glitziest showpiece after the Super Bowl, has long produced cringe-worthy drama when highly regarded players arepassed over. The farther someone’s stock falls on draft night, with millions of TV viewers watching, the greater the spectacle.

But what happened on Thursday night was an “Are you watching this?” misadventure for the league akin to Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” in the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show — but in the social-media age.

And this time, the wardrobe involved a bong attached to a gas mask.

Even so, Sexton’s dark cloud wound up having a silver lining.

The draft often serves as a demonstration of Sexton’s formidable status in the sport as his clients are paraded across the podium to greet the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, and to hold up their new team’s jersey. On Thursday, those celebratory images were overtaken by a player in a gas mask.

Sexton has a stable of college and pro clients including Alabama Coach Nick Saban, Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher, the former Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

His ties to the Dolphins are particularly deep. He helped arrange Saban’s abrupt departure from the Dolphins to the Crimson Tide in 2007, and herepresents the former executives Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland, as well as the former coach Tony Sparano and the Dolphins’ current coach, Adam Gase, who was hired in January.

The team’s executive vice president of football operations, Mike Tannenbaum, has a strong relationship with Sexton…

Man, you just can’t keep a super-agent down.

You can already hear Jimmy’s next sales pitch, can’t you:  “Hey, if I can manage to get Tunsil a $12 million contract an hour after he’s caught bonging pot with a gas mask, imagine what I can get for you!”

Don’t forget this man is Kirby Smart’s agent.  Greg McGarity may need a gas mask of his own in the next round of contract negotiations.

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11 responses to “When you’re Jimmy Sexton, it pays to have friends in high places.

  1. I need this guy if my wife catches me watching porn.

  2. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    Tunsil – and Sexton – will live on I am sure. But part of that will be late night show hosts comedy bits. Last night Jimmy Fallon referred to Tunsil by his new name Darth Vapor. 😉

  3. red

    Ole miss has a lot to worry about with drugs problem. Loved Hugh Freeze telling have God testing Tunsil with drugs, devil caused him to tell about being paid by coaches

  4. Cojones

    Super agent or not, Kirby ain’t gonna put on that rig just before he asks for a raise.

  5. Reipar

    If there is a next round of negotiation with Kirby it will only be because he is so succesful he will get whatever he wants anyway. Anyone can negotiate that deal as his agent.

  6. Macallanlover

    McFrugal when still be around when KS’ contract is negotiated again? The guy has to have pictures of the super boosters who are now in charge. I get that it can be cool having a real live puppet but wouldn’t you expect him to be a better vessel for your voice?

    • Reipar

      Hate to be the one to tell you but in the grand scheme of ADs he is not as bad as everyone wants him to be. I know not nearly as fun as non-stop complaining.

  7. Tronan

    Whenever I see Jimmy Sexton’s name, I immediately think of this.