Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak did his part Wednesday to try to defuse the solicitation scandal involving one of the franchise’s reserve players.
Ryan Murphy, a safety on Denver’s practice squad, was sent home from Super Bowl 50 on Tuesday night after being questioned by San Jose police as part of a prostitution sting.
"There’s disappointment, yeah, but it’s been dealt with and we’re moving on," Kubiak told media at the team hotel. "I’m disappointed for the young man, but we’re focused on what we have to do football-wise."
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Murphy joins a list of players including Atlanta Falcons safety Eugene Robinson and Oakland Raiders center Barrett Robbins who committed a major off-field gaffe during Super Bowl week.
The San Jose Mercury News reported that Murphy was detained by police Tuesday after he and his brother were connected to a suspected prostitute near a local motel. Murphy was later released but his brother was cited on a solicitation charge.
Murphy was a 2015 seventh-round draft choice by Seattle, which is where his cousin Marshawn Lynch stars at running back. Murphy, 23, was cut by the Seahawks at the end of the preseason and signed to Denver’s practice squad in early November.
An Oakland native, Murphy is the father of a son who turns 15 months old today.
Because he remains under contract, Murphy is eligible to collect the $6,600 salary practice squad players are paid for each week that their teams are alive in the postseason.
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said the Murphy situation is “something (the Broncos) have to deal with now.” Rivera did his part to try and prepare his players avoid getting into trouble during Super Bowl week by having Robinson address the team before heading to the Bay Area.
As an Atlanta Falcons safety, Robinson was arrested in Miami on a solicitation charge the day before Super Bowl 33. Besides having a poor performance in Atlanta’s subsequent 34-19 loss to Denver, Robinson was further embarrassed by the fact he was married and had accepted a “Man of the Year” award from a Christian organization earlier in the day.
Robinson now serves as the Panthers radio analyst.
“We take pride in not having people that had disciplinary issues for our team this year,” Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said. “For us, we keep our personal business our personal business. I think that’s important.
“We had an unbelievable talk from Eugene Robinson. Coach Rivera put, not so much stress, but want-to in players to not only police ourselves but others.”
Murphy obviously didn’t get the message that Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak was sending about Super Bowl conduct.