A Tennessee fan has released an alleged picture of Ole Miss defensive end Robert Nkemdiche smoking a bong. The picture, which rapidly spread throughout social media on Sunday night and Monday morning, was initially distributed on Volquest.com, a Tennessee fan message board. A Vol fan posting under the name CM8888 on the site began a Sunday night thread entitled, “Pic of Robert Nkemdiche hitting a bong, no idea how to post.”
Inside the thread — since deleted — the poster said that he’d received the photo from a friend back in August and had been holding it until the Vols played Ole Miss. Other Vol fans on the thread discussed how to distribute the photo and by late Sunday night it was rapidly spreading throughout the Internet. (It’s worth noting that several Vol fans on the thread thought it was unfair to distribute the photo). Tennessee travels to Ole Miss this weekend to take on Nkdemiche, the nation’s former number one football recruit, and the dominant Ole Miss defense.
Unfortunately, with the rise of social media, get ready for this to become a trend. It was only a matter of time until a fan released information on a game week to try and benefit his or her team.
“I’m very aware of the picture and also when it was taken and where it was taken. We test our entire team on our drug-testing policy at the beginning of the season and then we have our follow-up tests throughout the course of the year. I’m super confident we handled each one the same and we enforce our policy very consistently.
“There’s not a single thing that goes on that I don’t always bring to our athletic director (Ross Bjork) to talk about and make sure we’re being very consistent with that.”