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Broncos send safety Ryan Murphy home after he was questioned in alleged prostitution sting

Murphy was released after questioning and was not arrested. The team still decided it was best for him to return to Denver.

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Denver Broncos safety Ryan Murphy was questioned by police in an alleged prostitution sting on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. Murphy, a practice squad player, was sent home by the team Tuesday night with Denver head Gary Kubiak coach saying it was best for the team to continue preparations without Murphy.

Murphy was with his brother, who was cited for solicitation, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The alleged incident happened in the parking lot of a Motel 6 hotel. Police questioned a suspected prostitute who took them to her car, where Murphy and his brother were. Both Murphy's brother and the woman were cited. Murphy was cooperative with police, according to Len Ramirez.

The incident occurred in San Jose where the Broncos are staying ahead of Super Bowl 50. Murphy is from the area and attended high school at Oakland Tech. The sting operation was handled by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, according to the Mercury News. While the Broncos sent Murphy home, Kubiak said Murphy's status as a practice squad player has not changed.

On Wednesday, Kubiak told reporters,"We've moved on. I dealt with it yesterday and obviously disappointed for the young man, but we're focused on what we have to do football-wise."

Murphy signed to the Broncos' practice squad in early November after being released by the Seattle Seahawks ahead of final roster cuts. The 6'0, 214-pound safety was the 248th pick in the 2015 draft by way of Oregon State. His college career included three years as a starter with 65 tackles, eight passes defended, seven interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

The situation comes just after Panthers announcer Eugene Robinson cautioned the Panthers not to make the mistakes he did. Robinson was arrested the night before the game for soliciting sex from an undercover police officer in 1998.