Former Buccaneers Receiver Louis Murphy Arrest Details
By James Yarcho
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Louis Murphy was arrested yesterday at Tampa International Airport.
The story of Louis Murphy’s tenure as a member of the Buccaneers is not a fun one. Missing out on the 2016 season after a knee injury sent him to injured reserve in 2015, Murphy had an unceremonious exit from the Bucs.
Now, things have taken a turn for the worse – and may signal the end of his time in the NFL.
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Murphy, 29, was arrested at Tampa International Airport Wednesday morning as first reported by Pewter Report.
Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times has reported details of the arrest, citing Murphy was in possession of a loaded pistol in his backpack. Auman goes on to report the pistol had eleven rounds of ammo and that Murphy did not have a permit for the gun.
Murphy made headlines last year after he was locked inside a museum during a friend’s wedding reception. He had gone into the courtyard at the museum to take a nap and woke up locked into the yard, resulting in his infamous 911 call.
Murphy was released from the Bucs roster in November of last season after another setback from his knee injury and news of this arrest will likely solidify the end of his career in the NFL. Murphy was released on $2,000 bond.
Murphy has not made any sort of statement or spoken about the incident as of yet, but it’s only a matter of time before he does – likely through a representative or lawyer.
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In today’s age of airport security and weapons issues, the carelessness of not only bringing a gun – loaded or not – to an airport is inexcusable, let alone not having the proper documentation for the gun. It seems to be a fair assumption that Murphy will face some jail time for his massive mistake.