The Broncos have suspended two personnel executives after both were arrested for drunken driving.
Matt Russell,the team’s director of player personnel, has been suspended indefinitely, while Tom Heckert, the director of pro personnel, was suspended for a month.
“This morning, we informed both Matt and Tom of the discipline as well as our expectations of them going forward,” Broncos president Joe Ellis said in a news release, per the Denver Post. “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.”
Said Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway, the former Broncos star quarterback: “It's particularly disappointing that two members of my staff acted so irresponsibly. Simply put, it's unacceptable and inexcusable.”
Hecker was arrested for DUI on June 11 in Parker, Colo. Russell was arrested on July 6 in Summit County, Colo.
“I was extremely concerned when Tom Heckert notified me of his arrest in June,” Elway said. “We talked about it as a staff, reinforced the intolerable nature of his actions and notified the league as we began the disciplinary process. To hear of Matt Russell's incident last week was especially disturbing considering the timing and severity of those allegations.”
The Broncos will provide confidential treatment for both executives, and their status will be evaluated at a later date.
“While Matt and Tom have apologized and taken accountability, it's most important they take advantage of whatever help they need,” Elway said. “We will learn from this and take the necessary action as we move forward.”