College football may be a short window of a player’s life, but those few years can create a bond with teammates that lasts a lifetime.
It appears that former Florida wide receivers Louis Murphy and Deonte Thompson may have that kind of bond, as Murphy was in the wedding party for Thompson’s wedding last weekend.
What happened afterwards is likely to be a story they tell for the rest of their lives.
According to a report from Palm Beach Daily News’ William Kelly, the celebration of his friend’s nuptials may have gotten out of control for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver.
Murphy awoke the next morning trapped alone in the Flagler Museum, which was where Thompson’s wedding was held the night before.
According to another report by Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Murphy had too much to drink at the reception and fell asleep in the museum’s courtyard. Everything was locked up and everyone was gone when he woke up.
Murphy decided to bust his way out of the facility.
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.
Murphy released a statement on the matter on Wednesday to the Times:
“This was really just a series of small unfortunate circumstances. 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.”
No one was hurt, Murphy is going to be accountable for his damages, and Thompson has a great wedding story to tell for years to come.
Considering the circumstances, we can probably call that a win.