By Rahul Lal
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Louis Murphy called Florida police after 1 a.m. ET to report that he was locked in at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida.
Murphy was attending current Bears receiver and former Florida Gators teammate Deonte Thompson’s wedding, which was held at the museum. Murphy apparently had too much to drink and wound up falling asleep in the courtyard without any other attendees questioning his whereabouts before leaving.
After employees locked up the building and everyone left, Murphy woke up to realize he was the only person left on the premises. Murphy proceeded to panic and break the glass on a door to get to the phone. He spoke with police who later arrived with the museum’s facilities manager to sort everything out.
“This was really just a series of small unfortunate circumstances,” said Murphy in a statement to TampaBay.com. “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.”
Murphy will not be charged with any crime and has agreed to pay for the cost of the broken glass, estimated at around $1,000. Murphy, a former fourth round pick by the Oakland Raiders, is set to enter his third season with the Buccaneers and eighth season in the NFL.
Rahul Lal is an LA native stuck in a lifelong, love-hate relationship with the Lakers, Dodgers and Raiders. You can follow him on Twitter here.