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Ron Rivera discussed Ryan Murphy incident with Panthers


Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said on Wednesday that he has discussed the incident involving Denver Broncos practice squad player Ryan Murphy with his players and indicated he hopes it serves as a cautionary tale mere days ahead of Super Bowl 50.

“Yes, we did talk about what happened,” Rivera said Wednesday, via The Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders. “Again, it goes back to the talk Eugene Robinson gave to us before we boarded our airplane (to California). We talked to them to stay ahead of something like that so it doesn’t become a distraction, like (the Broncos) are dealing with now.”

Murphy was was questioned Tuesday night about his involvement with a prostitution sting in San Jose, Calif. While he was released without being charged, the Denver Broncos took immediate action, putting Murphy on a flight back to Denver on Tuesday night.

Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak acknowledged in a statement that “it was best for the team if we continued our preparations for Super Bowl 50 without [Murphy]” but indicated he remains a member of the team’s practice squad.

In an odd coincidence, something alluded to by Rivera in his comments, is how the Panthers had former NFL player Eugene Robinson, a current Panthers radio analyst, address players before the team embarked for Santa Clara.

Robinson of course was arrested and charged with solicitation after propositioning an undercover police officer for sex the night before his Atlanta Falcons squad lost the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII in a game where Robinson was burned for an 80-yard touchdown pass.

Robinson told the players it was the worst night of his life and Rivera praised him for the speech, calling it “one of the bravest things I’ve seen a guy do.”

Between the Murphy incident and Robinson’s stern warning about keeping their noses clean, the Panthers should be well prepared to steer clear of trouble.

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