Poor life choices that lead to run-ins with police aren't the sole refuge of the NFL player. Front-office types are also capable of regrettable decisions with legal implications that embarrass them and their employers. Take Matt Russell, the Broncos' Director of Player Personnel. According to CBS4 in Denver, Russell was arrested and jailed over the weekend after police say he was suspected of being involved in an accident in Frisco, Colo. Then, a few minutes later in Breckenridge, Colo., Russell crashed again, this time ... into a police cruiser.
“Any time anybody is impaired and hits a fully marked police car that person should not have been driving in the first place,” Colorado State Trooper Nate Reid said via CBS4. “It's a dangerous profession.”
Russell was arrested at the scene. The Breckenridge officer was hospitalized and later released with what were described as minor injuries.
CBS4 reported that Russell was charged with driving under the influence, careless driving resulting in injury, having an open container of alcohol in his car and failure to display proof of insurance. Russell posted a $1,000 bond and was released from jail on July 7, a day after his arrest.
On Monday, the Broncos released the following statement:
“Our organization is extremely disappointed and concerned with the incident involving Matt Russell. We immediately expressed our disappointment to Matt, and he is fully aware of the seriousness of this situation. This type of behavior is unacceptable and very troubling. We expect better from all employees, particularly those in leadership positions. These allegations completely contradict the values and beliefs of the Broncos regarding social responsibility.
“We are continuing to gather information and will handle this matter appropriately and in accordance with all NFL policies.”
Russell also issued a statement.
“I deeply regret the poor judgment I demonstrated that resulted in my arrest over the weekend. I apologize to the Denver Broncos, our fans and the National Football League for this inexcusable mistake. I'm ashamed that I represented this region and the Broncos organization in the manner that I did. I take complete responsibility for my actions and will be fully accountable. Going forward, I will take steps to ensure this never happens again.”
According to the team's website, Russell, 40, is in his second season as Director of Player Personnel after three seasons as the team's Director of College Scouting. He is a former All-American linebacker and Butkus Award winner from the University of Colorado. He joined the Broncos after stints in Philadelphia and New England.
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