Sunday, February 25, 2018
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How Bucs' Louis Murphy went to wedding and woke up alone in a museum

Bucs receiver Louis Murphy might have enjoyed a college teammate's wedding a bit too much last weekend in Palm Beach.

Murphy, 29, was not charged with a crime, but he woke up early Saturday morning and found himself locked in the Flagler Museum, where former Gators teammate and current Bears receiver Deonte Thompson had his wedding the night before. Murphy told police he had been drinking, went to the museum's courtyard and fell asleep on the stairs, according to a Palm Beach Police report.

"When he woke up, everyone was gone and the doors were locked," the report states.

Murphy, who was born in St. Petersburg and starred at Lakewood High, 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. "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."

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