Days after Carolina Panthers broadcaster Eugene Robinson warned the team about Super Bowl temptations, a Denver Broncos player was sent home Tuesday following an incident in northern California.
The Broncos dismissed practice-squad safety Ryan Murphy after he was involved in a prostitution sting in San Jose. He and his brother were intercepted by law enforcement while interacting with a prostitute Monday evening, according to reports. Murphy’s brother was charged.
Robinson addressed the Panthers before they left for the Bay Area about a similar situation when he played for the Atlanta Falcons in 1999. The night before the Super Bowl Robinson was arrested by a police undercover officer posing as a prostitute.
Robinson told his story to the Panthers, drawing a standing ovation.
"It was just to tell these guys, don’t mess this up. I can be a living example – don’t mess this up," Robinson said Tuesday.
While Murphy was not cited, he was still sent back to Denver Tuesday night. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak addressed the situation briefly Wednesday morning.
"There’s disappointment, but it’s been dealt with and we’ve moved on," Kubiak said. "I’m obviously disappointed for the young man. But we’re focused on our football routines. We’re focused and we’ll move on."