Denver Broncos safety Ryan Murphy sent home after being swept up in prostitution sting

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Denver Broncos rookie safety Ryan Murphy and his brother were detained and questioned Tuesday evening as part of a prostitution sting at a motel in San Jose, according to multiple reports.

Murphy, eventually was released and was not charged in the incident, but the Broncos have sent Murphy home. "Although practice squad safety Ryan Murphy was not cited by police, we decided it was best for the team if we continued our preparations for Super Bowl 50 without him," the team said in a statement. "Ryan is returning to Denver but his status as a practice squad player has not changed at this time."

The San Jose Mercury News reported that the sting involved Murphy's brother and was conducted by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department. The paper, citing sources, said the pair was questioned by sheriff's deputies at a Motel 6 in north San Jose. Murphy's brother was cited for solicitation.

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Police tracked a woman from the Motel 6 to a car that was waiting in a nearby parking lot. A witness said police surrounded a Ford Fusion and another source told ABC7 News Murphy and his brother was seated inside that car.

The woman was cited for prostitution.

Murphy left the scene and another man from Oakland, who claimed to be related to Murphy, stayed with the car.

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Several prostitution stings have taken place because of the Super Bowl in the past week. Ten men have been cited.

Murphy, 23, is originally from Oakland and attended Oakland Technical High School.

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