Although Cam Newton and Peyton Manning have stolen headlines throughout Super Bowl week in Santa Clara, Broncos safety Ryan Murphy has now become a topic of discussion for all the wrong reasons.
Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday he was “disappointed” to send rookie safety Ryan Murphy home after he was detained by police as part of a prostitution sting just a few miles from the team’s hotel. Murphy, who grew up in Oakland and played at Oregon State, had been a member of the Broncos’ practice squad since November.
On Tuesday night, he was questioned by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. The Broncos said Murphy was released at the scene — a San Jose hotel — and investigators determined he had not been involved in the crime. However, Kubiak and the Broncos still elected to send Murphy back to Denver.
“To get to this point in your football career, as a player and as a team, it’s hard to get there. You just want to know that everybody is doing everything they possibly can for this Sunday,” Kubiak said last week. “That’s accountability by players and everybody, but they know that. I talk to them about that all the time. We’re going into a real — it’s a week of heavy distractions, but you work to be in those distractions.”
Obviously the Ryan Murphy loss is not a significant blow to the Broncos, but it’s a reminder to players that this week is too crucial for stupid distractions. Now, instead of the once in a lifetime opportunity of watching Super Bowl 50 from the sidelines, Ryan Murphy will be watching from his couch.