This post has been updated.
The week leading up to the Super Bowl got off to a bumpy start, literally, for the Denver Broncos, when their team buses were involved in a minor accident Monday. Tuesday brought another episode that qualifies as similarly minor, but it also represents an embarrassment and another distraction for the squad as it prepares to take on the Carolina Panthers.
As first reported by CBS San Francisco, Broncos safety Ryan Murphy was detained in a prostitution sting that took place in San Jose Tuesday afternoon. The 23-year-old rookie was released after questioning, but his brother, who was with him, received a citation, as did the suspected prostitute, according to reports.
From the CBS report:
According to sources, police detained a suspected female prostitute in the area of a Motel 6 at North First Street and Brokaw Road. The woman told task force members that she had to go to a car to retrieve some property.
Murphy was inside that car along with his brother. …
Sources also later revealed that Murphy’s brother and alleged prostitute have a relationship.
The Broncos are staying at a hotel in nearby Santa Clara, site of Super Bowl 50, and Murphy is a native of Oakland, located about an hour away. He and his brother were questioned by deputies from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, as part of a multi-agency human trafficking task force. But despite Murphy not being disciplined by the police, he wasn’t so lucky when it came to his coach.
Murphy was a seventh-round draft pick by the Seahawks out of Oregon State, and he latched onto Denver’s practice squad after being released by Seattle in September. He is a cousin of Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, whom the safety has described as a mentor.
The last time the Broncos won the Super Bowl, in 1999, their opponent, the Atlanta Falcons, suffered a major distraction when starting safety Eugene Robinson was arrested for soliciting sex from an undercover police officer the night before the game. Robinson, now a Panthers radio analyst, addressed that team about behaving sensibly before it left Charlotte for San Jose.
The day before the day before Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego in 2002, Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins went AWOL and later was found to have gone to Tijuana. Coach Bill Callahan benched him for the Super Bowl, which Tampa Bay won 48-21. Robbins, who later was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, had stopped taking medication for depression.