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Broncos call Russell’s behavior “unacceptable and very troubling”

Usually, an arrest of an NFL team employee results in a perfunctory statement that doesn’t really state anything.

The Broncos have opted for a different approach with director of player personnel Matt Russell, who was arrested Saturday for DUI and crashing into a police car.

“Our organization is extremely disappointed and concerned with the incident involving Matt Russell,” the Broncos said in a statement released by the organization.  “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.”

The team also issued a statement on behalf of Russell.

“I deeply regret the poor judgment I demonstrated that resulted in my arrest over the weekend,” Russell said.  “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.”

The candor demonstrated in both statements will make it difficult for Russell to defend himself against the criminal charges.  But it could be that the evidence is sufficiently overwhelming to make that point moot.

Russell will be subject to discipline under the personal-conduct policy, and the Broncos could separately take action against the man who previously was believed to be in line to assume full control of the front office if/when John Elway leaves the organization or graduates to an ownership position.  Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post suggests that Russell’s job “could be at risk.”

In past cases, there have been legitimate questions regarding whether coaches and executives who get in trouble receive better treatment than players who violate the law, even though coaches and executives supposedly are held to a higher standard.  In this case, it appears so far that Russell will be treated at least as strongly, if not more harshly, than a player under similar circumstances.

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57 Responses to “Broncos call Russell’s behavior “unacceptable and very troubling””
  1. jagsfan1 says: Jul 8, 2013 5:15 PM

    2 Things :

    1) Peyton Manning’s behavior vs the Ravens was also “unacceptable and very troubling”.

    2) What’s wrong Elway – you never got liquored up before?

  2. mrpresident50 says: Jul 8, 2013 5:16 PM

    He will lose his job….. To Peyton Manning.

  3. gloryfromheaven says: Jul 8, 2013 5:18 PM

    Geez, can we please just get to the regular season already…

  4. nepo784 says: Jul 8, 2013 5:19 PM

    Classless organization that hoards individuals that have no respect for the law.

  5. thememyselfandiguy says: Jul 8, 2013 5:24 PM

    how can you not fire that guy on a dime?

  6. upperdecker19 says: Jul 8, 2013 5:24 PM

    Looks like the Broncos’ idiot director of player personnel got all liquored up…..

    Peyton Manning

  7. edithpiaf51 says: Jul 8, 2013 5:25 PM

    On disciplinary action as a business prof with human resource background and a bronco fan, I ask the following questions. How long as he been in a leadership position for the broncos? what is his employee record like? is this his first offence? If he has been with the organisation more than 10 years, has a good employee record and has never done such as stupid act as he did saturday, then i would say suspend him without pay and fine him but dont fire him. if he did this before and does not have a good employee record and this is not his first offense, then I say fire him.

  8. raiderlyfe510 says: Jul 8, 2013 5:28 PM

    Dumb Donkys

  9. beerndrums says: Jul 8, 2013 5:31 PM

    It’s not as bad as the scumbag Patriots
    It will be ok

  10. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jul 8, 2013 5:33 PM

    I think i’m with everyone when I say automated cars need to hurry up and become main stream. MAKE THIS HAPPEN GOOGLE!

  11. gdeli says: Jul 8, 2013 5:33 PM

    Get your butt into rehab and start over

  12. johnnyjagfan says: Jul 8, 2013 5:37 PM

    This too shall pass. Someone will light up the headlines tomorrow and make this fade away. If he was so coveted as to not let another team interview him for what would be a promotion, this will be a “all bark no bite” punishment from the team.

  13. pastabelly101 says: Jul 8, 2013 5:37 PM

    The Welker Curse moves west

  14. ambitoos says: Jul 8, 2013 5:38 PM

    Fire his ass.

  15. bluntsmokinskinsfan says: Jul 8, 2013 5:40 PM

    I’m missing the part where he was at work when this happened. Things happen. It wasn’t at work, he shouldn’t be punished at work. I’m not even a broncos fan.

  16. ishallcomment says: Jul 8, 2013 5:42 PM

    I was unaware that players received ANY decipline… If there was actually a stiff punishment, maybe we could cut down on these dumb decisions and make them think before driving wasted.

  17. gcsuk says: Jul 8, 2013 5:43 PM

    “I deeply regret the poor judgment I demonstrated that resulted in my arrest over the weekend,” Russell said. “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.”

    Is this just a form letter that’s passed around from team to team? I swear I read this exact same letter, with a different name and different team, every time someone gets popped for a DUI.

  18. patriotsdefense says: Jul 8, 2013 5:46 PM

    How dare the Broncos even bring Russell onto the team, how didn’t they see this coming?

    Now replace Broncos with Patriots and Russell with Hernandez.

    Kind of ridiculous, huh?

  19. patriots123456 says: Jul 8, 2013 5:47 PM

    Was he wearing a Dolphins hat?

  20. thingamajig says: Jul 8, 2013 5:54 PM

    No union to deal with so the team can say just about anything they want.

  21. moerawn says: Jul 8, 2013 5:55 PM


  22. lrfootball72 says: Jul 8, 2013 6:02 PM

    Nice to see he apologized to the cop who he could’ve killed….

  23. bigezbob says: Jul 8, 2013 6:05 PM

    How stupid do you have to be to still drive drunk in the day and age???????
    Now how stupid do you have to be to do it knowing if you screw up the entire world is going to know and have an opinion that will force those in charge of our job to do something drastic.

    Are taxi’s that expensive?????

    Here’s an idea have NFL players tweet from the back of a cab-totally loaded and loving it-in the back with 2 babes and a 5 mil a year job-and going to drink some more!!!

  24. baltimoresnativeson says: Jul 8, 2013 6:08 PM

    I don’t know who’s judgement is worse, his or Rahim Moore’s.

  25. surfinbird1 says: Jul 8, 2013 6:09 PM

    Bill Polian saw this coming a long time ago.

  26. ProDolphinsTalk says: Jul 8, 2013 6:09 PM

    This is a narrative I feel we will NEVER see the end of in the NFL. Depth and play making ability can and will force a team to hold onto the guy. The player/defendant has the money to get out of it. Perfect storm. There are people of questionable backgrounds in all professions. Imagine handing anyone of those 21-35 year old males instant fame and million dollar bonuses. Watch out.

  27. fergenator says: Jul 8, 2013 6:16 PM

    He was wrong…and will be punished by the system…but before passing judgement ask your self if you are in a position to to this? Everyone makes mistakes and it is so easy to come down hard. Not to excuse how dumb this was on his part …epecially given today’s society.

  28. MasMacho says: Jul 8, 2013 6:17 PM

    Obviously this is the fault of Urban Meyer.

  29. @HowdyDoobie says: Jul 8, 2013 6:22 PM

    Now is the time to pull the “former player, too many concussion’s” card.

  30. iamapatsfan says: Jul 8, 2013 6:28 PM

    You’re an NFL exec. You make more than enough money to get a taxi or hire a driver’s service for the night.

    Anything that happens to this guy he deserves, if only for just being a moron. Drinking and driving by anyone is stupid. By someone high profile and significantly richer than me, who can always afford a cab, is ridiculous.

  31. notoriousjebus says: Jul 8, 2013 6:35 PM

    Where can I read the statements from the employers of the other 631 people who were arrested for DUI over the 4th of July weekend in Colorado?

  32. tooz72 says: Jul 8, 2013 7:37 PM

    everywhere Welker goes, trouble

  33. lanman11 says: Jul 8, 2013 7:59 PM

    The Broncos failed to do their due diligence when they hired this guy! LOL!

    Seriously, it used to be that if you broke the law, you dealt with the courts, and THEY handed out the punishment. When did it become fashionable for employers to double down on penalties for breaking the law? If the Broncos felt this guy wasn’t able to do his job then why not make a change? The answer is they don’t feel that way. The truth is that they are responding to the media shaming language, and they are trying to avoid a MADD march in front of Mile High. It’s all about political correctness.

    It’s amazing how badly people get hung out to dry when their personal life ends up in the media. In this computer age, one screw up can make you un-employable (with regard to a “good job”) for life. The penalties for the average Joe (as compared to the rich and famous) continue long after the fines are paid and probation ends. They never let you forget.

    Having said that I agree it could have been worse and he can’t be doing this or someone is gonna get hurt.

  34. tabcdef9 says: Jul 8, 2013 8:32 PM

    Wow, this situation has some strange logic woven thru it; you’re drunk and have an accident (happens), but you then c-o-n-t-i-n-u-e driving after the accident (stupid.) instead of calling for help, or a cab; and as if you weren’t drunk enough already you have an open bottle of alcohol in the car so as to keep on drinking cause you obviously you aren’t drunk enough. You soon enough hit a marked squad car.

    What quality of executive (!) makes this series of decisions to get thru a (dangerous) situation? And someone no less who’s making decisions for a living with a lot money and importance riding on them? Wouldn’t want him on my team.

  35. jimmysee says: Jul 8, 2013 8:34 PM

    Russell is indeed fortunate that Tim Tebow is not president of the Broncos!

  36. runwright44 says: Jul 8, 2013 8:50 PM

    I’ve got his ’87 Lions jersey. Who do I contact for an exchange?

  37. bullcharger says: Jul 8, 2013 9:18 PM

    It doesn’t sound like that’s the only time the guy ever drove drunk. Nice to be fully accountable now he’s been caught, but he could have made a different choice easily.

  38. beerbudsnbevo says: Jul 8, 2013 9:24 PM

    Wow, look at that hairdo…

    Was he wearing Jordache Jeans and a Winger Tee-shirt?

  39. liverpoolred04 says: Jul 8, 2013 9:37 PM

    He’s an Exec….give him a raise.

  40. jerrygray721 says: Jul 8, 2013 9:55 PM

    2 things 1) Florio he may have made his statement because he really is taking responsibility and will not try any legal tricks to get off. 2) lets find out all of his current & previous friends, teachers, coaches, 7-11 store clerk and blame all of them for his horrible deed.
    that is how it’s done now is it not?

  41. bat42boy says: Jul 8, 2013 9:58 PM

    He should be fired. Making that kind of money he doesn’t warrant any excuses. The Broncos should step up and do what is right and release him. Teach him and all the other misfits a lesson.

  42. grhopper says: Jul 8, 2013 10:29 PM

    Most school systems have developed a zero tolerance policy when it comes to guns and sexual harassment. The NFL needs to develop the same type of discipline when it comes to DUI’s. And when it’s a person in the executive branch, how can he going forward have any credibility with the players? He has none. ZERO. If Elway or Bowlen don’t fire this guy immediately, the Bronco organization has lost all credibility in the NFL and other circles. And btw, someone was right when they said they’ve read that same exact apology verbatim before. I’m sure every team has the same script in their playbook.

  43. stiller9305 says: Jul 8, 2013 10:31 PM

    That dude is going to end up in the Hall of Fame …… for mugshots lol ……..

  44. iced107 says: Jul 8, 2013 11:05 PM

    I’m confused on why he should be punished by the broncos. It wasn’t done at work or anything. I mean hell if you’re in the military and get a dui on base , you can always fight the military punishment by claiming “double jeopardy.” (Can’t be punished twice federally. Yea I know its not the same, but a lot of jobs don’t punish their employees for dui either.)

  45. granadafan says: Jul 8, 2013 11:14 PM

    “The team also issued a statement on behalf of Russell.”

    Translation, the PR department and lawyers wrote it for him.

  46. edithpiaf51 says: Jul 8, 2013 11:31 PM

    Obviously his executive decision making skills are severely impaired along with his judgment

  47. forty9asty says: Jul 8, 2013 11:36 PM

    Love the difference in the two pics from the articles BTW…

  48. papas88063 says: Jul 8, 2013 11:53 PM

    What the government needs to do is make the driving under the influence charge into attempted murder charge (3 year minimum sentence). That should keep most of the idiots from driving.

  49. thetooloftools says: Jul 8, 2013 11:58 PM

    If that is the face of the franchise……. that looks like a methhead photo.

  50. phuzzyd says: Jul 9, 2013 12:10 AM

    bluntsmokinskinsfan says: Jul 8, 2013 5:40 PM

    I’m missing the part where he was at work when this happened. Things happen. It wasn’t at work, he shouldn’t be punished at work. I’m not even a broncos fan.

    Let’s apply that to Aaron Hernandez. He didn’t kill anyone (allegedly) at work so why did the team cut him?

    Why should any employer care about an employee’s personal conduct? Just let people do whatever the hell they want as long as they’re not at work when they do it. Yea, that’s a sound plan.

    No need to hold your employees to a specific standard especially when they represent an organization %100 funded by fans and the local public.

  51. jdphx says: Jul 9, 2013 1:19 AM

    Holy crap… he hit another car first… and STILL
    didn’t throw out his beer??? THEN he hits the cop??

    Genius?? Darwin??

  52. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: Jul 9, 2013 2:08 AM


  53. hjworton46 says: Jul 9, 2013 3:54 AM

    Broncos deserve credit for coming out immediately to condemn the DUI – how many other NFL teams(you know who you are) would take the neutral stance right now ? Around 90% is a fact.

  54. laramsfan4ever says: Jul 9, 2013 4:17 AM

    In an interview with Barbara Walters , Rae Caruth is now blaming Welker for his imprisonment . They apparently went to separate schools together.

  55. tacowrecker says: Jul 9, 2013 5:10 AM

    man….this mugshot is great! The bender from hell…..What was this guy drinking? Sterno?

  56. bighurt228 says: Jul 9, 2013 10:39 AM

    With a mug like that…….this dude must have been drinking some serious shine…….just sayin….!!!

  57. realninerfan22 says: Jul 9, 2013 12:21 PM

    If this was mike vick or any other black athlete this wud be #1 story. Hell Chad just slapped his attorney

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