Posted July 15, 2013

Broncos executives receive harsh punishment for recent DUI arrests; lineman also charged with DUI

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Denver Broncos director of pro personnel Tom Heckert was suspended a month by the team. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Broncos director of pro personnel Tom Heckert was suspended a month by the team after a DUI arrest. (Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos suspended executives Matt Russell and Tom Heckert following their recent DUI arrests, the team announced Monday.

Russell, the Broncos director of player personnel, will be suspended indefinitely without pay. Heckert, the team’s director of pro personnel, will be suspended one month without pay and treatment will be provided as needed with an evaluation ongoing. The NFL will not issue any further punishment for the two and both suspensions begin immediately.

Heckert was arrested in Parker, Colo., on June 11 and charged with driving under the influence and careless driving. Russell was arrested July 6 and booked on suspicion of driving under the influence. Heckert had a blood alcohol content level of .16, more than two times the legal limit for the state of Colorado. Russell reportedly had a BAC of .24.

“The Broncos will support Matt and Tom during their suspensions and beyond as necessary,” the team said in a statement. “They will be provided with treatment resources as needed in the form of education, counseling and other rehabilitation programs.

“Specifics of their treatment will be kept confidential due to the personal nature of these matters. Both will be monitored closely to ensure compliance and will be thoroughly evaluated before any potential return to employment with the Denver Broncos.”

The Broncos are also dealing with the DUI arrest of second-year offensive lineman Quentin Saulsberry, who was arrested May 19 on suspicion of drunken driving and later charged with DUI and a lane-usage violation, according to the Denver Post.

“We have been aware of Quentin Saulsberry’s arrest and will continue to monitor the legal developments related to this matter, which is subject to review under the NFL’s policies,” the Broncos said in a statement.


5 comments
Mark55
Mark55

Don't the Cleveland Browns have enough bad publicity with it's owners problems, without you showing him with the Browns backdrop? Cleveland should sue, for false representation.

Annabel
Annabel

Could very well be just a sham to put the media hounds off the scent.   Tell the public they are suspended without pay during the off-season, miss no meaningful time, then plus up their year-end bonuses to compensate for those "lost" wages.  Not sure what is worse, the power of the media driving the Bronc's to (supposedly) punish these nobodies or that the Bronc's (supposedly) caving to that pressure.  For most people it's the justice system that metes out the punishment (suspend driver's license, fine, jail time).  Then if the guy can't get to work, then he gets docked salary.  Seems like when the media gets involved all common sense goes out the window.

DAN B1
DAN B1

why is the stock photo from cleveland?

KevinDoucette
KevinDoucette

Come on, doesn't buddy head actually look like a football. I think he's been hit a few too many times.

Annabel
Annabel

@DAN B1 He was probably in better health back then as GM of the Browns.  Hate to see a pic of him now.