Murphy’s brother was cited for solicitation, and Murphy himself was detained but not cited or arrested, sources told the San Jose Mercury News.
Inside Edition obtained video in which the 23-year-old practice squad strong safety Murphy can be seen being placed in the back of a police car by by Santa Clara, Calif. sheriff’s deputies.
Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak sent him back to Denver, stating that “his status as a practice squad player has not changed at this time.”
The decision to send Murphy home reflects professional football’s efforts to appear tough on crime after the NFL was widely accused of mishandling the 2014 Ray Rice domestic abuse case.
Murphy was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in last year’s NFL Draft, but was waived from the team prior to the team’s first regular season game. He was signed to the Broncos’ in November.
Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers will be played Sunday, Feb. 7, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. It airs live on CBS from 3:30 p.m. PT/6:30 ET.
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