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Broncos suspend both executives charged with DUI

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell has been suspended indefinitely following his July 6 DUI arrest. (Summit County Sheriff's Office)
THe Broncos suspended director of player personnel Matt Russell indefinitely. (Summit County Sheriff's Office)

The two Denver Broncos executives charged with DUI this summer have both been suspended, the team announced on Monday. .

Tom Heckert, the Broncos' director of pro personnel, has been suspended for one month without pay, while Matt Russell, the team's director of player personnel, has been suspended indefinitely without pay. Both men will be provided with alcohol rehabilitation treatment as needed.

"This morning, we informed both Matt and Tom of the discipline as well as our expectations of them going forward," the Broncos said in a statement. "While they will be punished and held accountable, our first priority is their health and well-being. We must ensure they receive any care they need and support them however possible.

Broncos executive vice president John Elway, who hired both Heckert and Russell, released his own statement.

"It's particularly disappointing that two members of my staff acted so irresponsibly. Simply put, it's unacceptable and inexcusable," Elway said in the statement released by the team on Monday. "We will learn from this and take the necessary action as we move forward in a positive way."

The more severe suspension went to Russell, who registered a blood alcohol content of .246 when he was arrested, more than three times the legal limit of .08 in Colorado. Russell crashed his Toyota Tundra into a patrol car to start a chain of events that led to his arrest on July 6.

According to the police report from the incident, Russell failed a voluntary roadside sobriety exercise and told the arresting officer that he had consumed "two green drinks."

The officer also found peppermint schnapps inside Russell's truck. Russell, the Broncos director of player personnel, also "had no recollection of the accident," according to an officer's report.

Broncos director of pro personnel Tom Heckert has been suspended for one month following his June DUI arrest. (Douglas County Sheriff's Department)
The Broncos suspended director of pro personnel Tom Heckert for one month. (Douglas County Sheriff's Department)

Heckert's arrest happened on June 11, but didn't become public knowledge until July 9. Heckert registered a BAC of .162 when he was released from jail, more than two times the legal limit in Colorado.

Heckert blew the .162 at 5:45 a.m., more than seven hours after he was arrested. It's not known exactly what Heckert's BAC was immediately following his arrest at 10:38 p.m. because that information was redacted from the police report.

The two suspensions come on the same day that news of offensive lineman Quentin Saulsberry's May 19 arrest for DUI became public.

 
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