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Broncos expect “severe” discipline for executives’ DUI arrests


Two executives in the Broncos’ front office have been arrested for drunk driving, and the team is expecting significant consequences.

Broncos President Joe Ellis told the Denver Post that Matt Russell and Tom Heckert, the top two personnel people under John Elway, have embarrassed the team with their arrests.

“This type of behavior is inexcusable, unacceptable and completely embarrassing,” Ellis said. “It’s embarrassing for us as a franchise, it’s embarrassing for [Broncos owner Pat] Bowlen, it’s especially embarrassing for our fans. We don’t tolerate it and we’re not going to. . . . My expectation is the discipline will be severe.”

Lions President Tom Lewand was suspended for three weeks and fined $100,000 by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his own drunk driving episode in 2010. That may be about what Goodell is planning for the two Broncos executives, although it’s possible that the Broncos could give Russell and Heckert additional punishments.

Ellis said that if Broncos fans are angry, they should be.

“One episode is one too many. Two is ridiculous,” Ellis said. “I understand the outrage in the community, I understand the outrage of the fans. It’s justified. We have an obligation to do the right thing. And we will.”

The right thing may be lengthy suspensions for both Russell and Heckert.

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24 Responses to “Broncos expect “severe” discipline for executives’ DUI arrests”
  1. cardmagnet says: Jul 9, 2013 9:16 PM

    Meanwhile in Dallas, you can kill somebody during your drunken joyride and keep your job. Staff gets the book thrown at them, players get a slap on the wrist. The NFL is way too hypocritical in the way they give preferential treatment to players since they generate more money.

  2. jrebar88 says: Jul 9, 2013 9:25 PM

    Suspension and fine is all they should get. They messed up, but no one was killed. Look at the positive out of this negative situation. If they dont learn from this then, well they are idiots.

  3. ravensbob says: Jul 9, 2013 9:27 PM

    In fairness to them, they have been drinking since the Baltimore game.

  4. seanb20124 says: Jul 9, 2013 9:33 PM

    Why should support staff be given harsher penalties than players

  5. jimthebuilder27 says: Jul 9, 2013 9:35 PM

    So when are they going to start doing this to players?

  6. thefiesty1 says: Jul 9, 2013 9:45 PM

    The unemployment line isn’t very long since most of the unemployed have given up looking for a job. He can collect benefits for a while.

  7. FinFan68 says: Jul 9, 2013 9:51 PM

    They shouldn’t expect anything. They should hand out harsh punishment on their own and notify Goodell. If he wishes to add to it then fine.

  8. floratiotime says: Jul 9, 2013 10:00 PM

    Why should a DUI affect your job ? The law punishes crime, right ? Or are we going to start shunning people ?

  9. jibberator says: Jul 9, 2013 10:03 PM

    The really sad thing is that this is the first time these guys have BEEN CAUGHT, who knows how long they have been DUI in the past.

  10. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 9, 2013 10:03 PM

    Whichever one hit a car should be the one to get the heavy hand. Just sayin

  11. nflcrimerankingscom says: Jul 9, 2013 10:05 PM

    Severe = Forcing them to drink Coors for eternity. Worse than Sisyphus’s punishment.

  12. germanstingray says: Jul 9, 2013 10:15 PM

    I think Elway will have them both on double secret suspension by sundown tomorrow.

  13. swagger52 says: Jul 9, 2013 10:20 PM

    The Tebow Curse is on

  14. jlb10 says: Jul 9, 2013 10:26 PM

    they must have some great after work happy hours there

  15. joemontanaflaccid says: Jul 9, 2013 10:58 PM

    Severe would be, both out of a job

  16. braingrenade12 says: Jul 9, 2013 11:50 PM

    As Bronco fan I am disappointed. I love Russell, and Heckert, but I cant condone behavior. Both need to be fired.

  17. myosin10 says: Jul 9, 2013 11:53 PM

    Really? Double standard here. Throw the book at the executives meanwhile slap on the wrist for players?? How did they both get a DUI anyway?

  18. eaglesbar says: Jul 9, 2013 11:55 PM


  19. bayonnebleeder says: Jul 10, 2013 6:55 AM

    I’ll drink to that!

  20. briman141 says: Jul 10, 2013 7:34 AM

    Since when do office personnel fall under the CBA? Doesn’t seem legit that Goodell the oaf is the punisher here? Why aren’t the teams in charge of team personnel? Makes absolutely no sense.

  21. green41563 says: Jul 10, 2013 8:38 AM

    Denver police say Russell smashed his cell phone and security system.

  22. patriots123456 says: Jul 10, 2013 9:36 AM

    Anybody still wondering why Elvis Dumervil’s fax never got to the League Office on time?

    They don’t fax during “Happy Hour”.

  23. rutchaser says: Jul 10, 2013 9:56 AM

    Were they driving cars rented by Hernandez?

  24. nepo784 says: Jul 10, 2013 2:35 PM


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