Second Broncos Executive Charged With DUI
By Allen Kim
Tom Heckert, the Denver Broncos director of pro personnel, was charged yesterday with a DUI and careless driving by the Douglas County Sherriff’s Department after a June 11th arrest. Heckert’s DUI charge comes on the heels of Matt Russell, the Denver Broncos director of player personnel, being arrested over the weekend in Summit County after he was arrested for a DUI.
"This type of behavior is inexcusable, unacceptable and completely embarrassing," team president Joe Ellis told The Denver Post in a phone interview. "It's embarrassing for us as a franchise, it's embarrassing for Mr. (Pat) Bowlen, it's especially embarrassing for our fans. We don't tolerate it, and we're not going to. My expectation is the discipline will be severe."
On top of the legal ramifications, both Heckert and Russell are facing the possibility of being fined and suspended by the NFL for violating the personal conduct policy. It also appears that the Broncos will be doling out some sort of punishment of their own.
"Executives in our company are held to a higher standard,” Ellis said. “That's a mandate handed down from the commissioner. One episode is one too many. Two is ridiculous. I understand the outrage in the community, I understand the outrage of the fans. It's justified. We have an obligation to do the right thing. And we will."
In a statement released by the team, Heckert offered this apology:
"I am extremely disappointed that in my short time with the Broncos I have made such a serious mistake. My actions last month have brought embarrassment to the organization, and I fully understand the consequences that are involved. I am truly sorry and take complete responsibility for this situation," Heckert said. "Although I have let many people down, I will learn from this and work toward regaining the trust that I have lost."
These latest charges only further highlight the rising number of arrests this year in the NFL.