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Bucs’ Louis Murphy apologizes for loaded gun in his luggage

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The reason that Louis Murphy had a loaded gun in his luggage?

He wasn’t going to be forced off of his United flight.

The reason that Murphy had a loaded gun?

When a man asks for extra peanuts, he wants them.

The reason that Murphy had a loaded pistol?

In case he signed with a team that used the shotgun, he was working up to it.

The world is yucking it up this week over Murphy, the former receiver of the Tampa Bay Bucs who was arrested for having a loaded Glock in his backpack as he went to the airport. Murphy, 29, says he forgot it was there. According to Murphy, he was hiding the gun from his daughter (hint: a better hiding place might be advisable.) and it slipped his mind that it was there.

It happens. Former Buc Hugh Greene was once arrested for having a gun in his luggage.

“I want to apologize to all my family, friends and fans,” Murphy said in a post on Instagram. “I hid my gun from my daughter in my book bag. A week later, I left to the airport rushing, I forgot I put it in my book bag. It was an honest mistake. Again, I sincerely apologize.”

Murphy played 17 games with the Bucs and caught 41 passes before being injured. He is currently a free agent.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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