NYDailyNews Steelers cornerback Senquez Golson was stopped by TSA agents in Alabama Wednesday after they discovered a handgun and bullets in his carry-on bag, according to TMZ Sports. Golson, 23, was heading through security at Mobile Regional Airport when agents found a Glock .45 caliber pistol with 23 rounds of ammunition in his bag. TSA called the police, who offered to hold onto the gun for Golson until he returned to the airport after his trip. The Steelers’ 2015 second-round pick was not arrested. Because there were no bullets in the chamber, there’s a question as to whether the gun can be considered “loaded,” according to the report, which likely helped Golson fly out without any legal trouble. Golson, a native of Pascagoula, Miss., has been held back from making his NFL debut because of shoulder and foot injuries. But he can consider himself fortunate that this off-field incident shouldn’t cause any further delay in his return to the gridiron.
TampaBay.com Former Bucs receiver Louis Murphy was arrested Wednesday morning at Tampa International Airport on a felony count of carrying a concealed weapon. Murphy, 29, was arrested at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday by Tampa International Airport Police, booked at 11:25 a.m. and was released on $2,000 bond at 2:45 p.m. Murphy was stopped at a security checkpoint when the firearm was discovered, an airport spokeswoman said Wednesday night. No additional information about the nature of the arrest was immediately available. Murphy is an unsigned free agent who missed the 2016 season while on the Bucs roster recovering from a knee injury suffered during the 2015 season. The former Lakewood and Gators star has been in the NFL since 2009 with four different teams, and was waived off injured reserve by the Bucs in November. Murphy made headlines in July in Palm Beach but was not ultimately charged with any crime when he passed out after drinking at a friend’s wedding and found himself locked in the Flagler Museum at night, needing to call 911 to get himself out. He agreed to pay for the damages to the museum after he broke a window trying to get out.
Professional athletes understand that there is absolutely no way that you can sneak a gun onto an airplane, right? The only way that this makes sense is that both Senquez Golson and Louis Murphy totally forgot that they were armed, and had guns in their carry on bags, when they got busted by the TSA. When I am packing for vacation, I never accidentally find a handgun while packing my carry on, and think “thankfully I stumbled upon my handgun, or I could have been detained by TSA.” Do this many people stash their guns in their luggage? How can you forget where you keep your gun? What’s the point of having a gun if you don’t know where it is?