Bucs' Louis Murphy woke up locked in museum after wedding
Bucs receiver Louis Murphy may have enjoyed a college teammate's wedding a bit too much this past weekend in Palm Beach.
Murphy, 29, was not charged with any crime, but woke up early Saturday morning and found himself locked in the Flagler Museum, where former Gators teammate and Bears receiver Deonte Thompson had his wedding the night before. According to a Palm Beach Police report, Murphy told police that he had been drinking, went to the museum's courtyard and fell asleep on the stairs. "When he woke up, everyone was gone, and the doors were locked," the report states.
Murphy told police he "got nervous and broke the glass on one of the doors in order to unlock it," then called a friend, who called 911. Police arrived at 1:12 a.m., and then the museum's facilities manager arrived and estimated the damage to the window at $1,000. The two parties agreed to "work out the repair costs amongst themselves," according to the report.
"This was really just a series of small unfortunate circumstances," Murphy said Wednesday in a statement. "With no one around, my only option was to break a small glass pane of the door in order to access a phone and call for help. I dialed the police and explained that I needed assistance. It's unfortunate that I needed to break the glass, but the police officers on the scene and museum staff acknowledged that I didn't have many other options. I'm working with the museum to ensure everything is properly handled."
The incident was first reported by the Palm Beach Daily News.
Murphy, who graduated from Lakewood High, has been one of the team's most active players in the community, especially through his "1st Downs 4 Life" foundation, which last month hosted a free youth football camp for local kids in St. Petersburg. He's entering his third season with the Bucs, and caught 10 passes for 198 yards last year before suffering a season-ending knee injury, which required surgery. The Bucs report for training camp July 27, and Murphy has been held out of offseason practices as he recovers from his surgery.