Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Louis Murphy woke up in a peculiar situation Saturday morning following a night of celebrating at a wedding -- he was locked inside Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida, and had to contact police for help.
Murphy had been a groomsman in the wedding of former University of Florida teammate and current Chicago Bears receiver Deonte Thompson the night before, and the reception was held at the museum. Murphy told police that he had been drinking and went to the museum’s courtyard, where he fell asleep on the stairs. When he woke up, the doors were locked and everyone was gone.
Realizing he was trapped, Murphy grew anxious and broke the glass on one of the doors to unlock it. He then contacted a friend who called 911. Police arrived at 1:12 a.m. Murphy was not charged for the incident and, according to the report, both parties agreed to work out a deal to cover the damages.
When contacted by ESPN, Murphy accepted full responsibility for the incident and provided the following statement: “This was really a series of small unfortunate circumstances. With no one around, my only option was to break the 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 the museum staff acknowledged I didn’t have many other options. I’m working with the museum to ensure everything is properly handled.”