Call it a severe case of bad timing.
Just five days away from Super Bowl 50, the Denver Broncos sent rookie safety Ryan Murphy home after he and his brother were detained and questioned by police Tuesday night as part of a prostitution sting in San Jose, California, ESPN and CBS local in San Francisco are reporting.
Although Murphy was released and not charged with anything, the Broncos didn't want him around as a possible distraction and now he won't get to experience Super 50 with his teammates in San Francisco on Sunday, when Denver faces the Carolina Panthers.
"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 coach Gary Kubiak said in a statement, as reported by ESPN. "Ryan is returning to Denver but his status as a practice squad player has not changed at this time."
The San Jose Mercury News is additionally reporting that the sting involved Murphy's brother and that the siblings were questioned by sheriff's deputies inside of a Motel 6 in San Jose on Tuesday night. ESPN adds that Murphy's brother was cited by police for prostitution solicitation.
Despite Ryan not being cited, this incident conjures memories of former Atlanta Falcons safety Eugene Robinson, who was infamously arrested for soliciting a prostitute the night before Super Bowl XXXIII back in 1999.
Kubiak trusts that there won't be any other incidents leading up to Super Bowl Sunday.
"First off I trust my guys," Kubiak said to reporters, according to ESPN. "They've been great all year. I pretty much put that in the captains' hands to be honest with you. They've done a good job with this football team. Our accountability has been very good. It's a tough environment, but I've trusted them all year, and I trust them this week."
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