Broncos Send Rookie Home
The Denver Broncos have sent home rookie Ryan Murphy after he and his brother were detained and questioned Tuesday as part of a prostitution sting operation in San Jose, California.
Even though Murphy was released and not charged for any wrongdoing, the Broncos still sent him home.
"Although practice squad safety Ryan Murphy was not cited by police, we decided it was best for the team if we continued our preparations for Super Bowl 50 without him," Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said in a statement. "Ryan is returning to Denver but his status as a practice squad player has not changed at this time."
Murphy continues a trend that happens way to often the week of the Super Bowl.
This is the second time a player was involved in a prostitution sting before a Super Bowl. Former Atlanta Falcons safety Eugene Robinson was arrested for soliciting a prostitute the night before Super Bowl XXXIII. Robinson is now a radio broadcaster for the Carolina Panthers and visited the team yesterday to explain his situation as a player and how his mistake cost him a chance to play in a Super Bowl.
Incidents like these that show a lack of judgement happen too frequently during Super Bowl week. Former Giants DE Adrian Awasom was arrested on suspicion of DUI, missing the epic upset of the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins went on a drinking binge in Tijuana, Mexico after disappearing from the team hotel days before the game. He was so incoherent that he thought his team had already won the game that they had yet to play in.
Instances like these can really impact a team as they prepare for the big game. Murphy will remain in Denver while his team competes for a championship.