Second Denver Broncos executive arrested, charged with DUI
Former Cleveland Browns general manager and current Broncos director of pro personnel Tom Heckert is facing a DUI charge stemming from a June 11 incident in Colorado.
Tom Heckert, the Denver Broncos director of pro personnel, is facing a DUI charge stemming from a June 11 incident in Parker, Colo., according to the Associated Press. Heckert is the second Broncos executive in as many days to have a DUI charge come to light.
Matt Russell, the Broncos director of player personnel, was charged with DUI after allegedly crashing into a police cruiser on July 6 in Breckenridge, Colo. News of Russell's incident broke on Monday.
Heckert's arrest occurred after only a month on the job. The Broncos hired the former Browns general manager on May 7. Heckert has also worked in the front officer for the Dolphins and the Eagles.
Like they did following Russell's incident, the Broncos released a scathing statement:
We were made aware of the matter involving Tom Heckert immediately after it occurred and promptly notified the league office. His arrest is extremely upsetting, and this situation is being handled internally as well as in coordination with NFL policies.
Tom's actions are obviously part of a disturbing pattern of irresponsible behavior that we are aggressively addressing within our organization.
One member of the Broncos arrested for driving under the influence is one too many.
This type of behavior puts innocent people at risk and cannot be tolerated. While our team and league supply plenty of resources to prevent these situations, it is clear we need to do better.
We are thoroughly reviewing the procedures we have in place and will do whatever it takes to enhance their effectiveness going forward.
Heckert also released a statement through the team:
I am extremely disappointed that in my short time with the Broncos I have made such a serious mistake," he said. "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.
Although I have let many people down, I will learn from this and work toward regaining the trust that I have lost.
Both Russell and Heckert could face penalties under the NFL's personal conduct policy, which applies to both players and front office personnel.
Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand was suspended for 30 days and fined $100,000 by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell following Lewand's guilty plea to driving while impaired in 2010.
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