Broncos president: “We’re not perfect, we’ve made our errors”

AP

Broncos president Joe Ellis is acknowledging that the team has some atoning to do after two of its top front office executives were busted for driving drunk.

“We’re not perfect. We’ve made our errors. We admit it. You can say we apologized for it — but I think an apology rings hollow when you run into the back of a police car or you’re blowing a blood-alcohol limit that’s three times the legal limit. I don’t think fans, I don’t think the public, I don’t think anybody wants to hear an apology,” Ellis told the Associated Press.

Ellis said that after Broncos director of pro personnel Tom Heckert and director of player personnel Matt Russell were both busted for driving drunk, the team realized it has a problem.

“So, I think you have to acknowledge your mistakes and you have to fix them and you have to do that the right way,” Ellis said. “There’s a lot of things we do. We offer programs, we offer a lot of help, there’s a ton of stuff the National Football League makes available to all the teams in an effort for them to avoid this kind of thing. In this case, we had two guys that couldn’t do it. And that’s just sad. That’s too bad. But we’re going to move on and our hope is that you won’t see this kind of incident from an employee again.”

A question the Broncos still haven’t answered is why they didn’t, as Ellis said, “think you have to acknowledge your mistakes” after Heckert’s DUI in June. Heckert’s arrest slipped under the radar and the Broncos didn’t say anything about it until reporters uncovered it a month later — after Russell had also been arrested. If the Broncos are such firm believers in acknowledging mistakes, it’s odd that they didn’t acknowledge Heckert’s mistake.

It’s also odd that John Elway, the front office boss who oversees both Heckert and Russell in Denver, has still said nothing publicly about their arrests. If the team wants to make a strong statement that it’s taking this matter seriously, the most prominent member of the front office should be the one making that statement.

The truth, however, is that there’s not much Elway, Ellis, Heckert or Russell can say right now. Ellis is right: When two top team executives are driving drunk, apologies after the fact ring hollow.

58 responses to “Broncos president: “We’re not perfect, we’ve made our errors”

  1. You’re also not special either. If your players have to apologize for simple tweets, you need to do the same.

  2. Russell has been with the broncos since 2009 before elway became the vp and he has a good track record at work and he has been promoted by elway and company because of it. Heckert seems to be a joke not a great track record and was brought in by elway

  3. We’ve made our errors. We admit it. You can say we apologized for it — but I think an apology rings hollow when you run into the back of a police car or blow 3 times the legal limit…or take a knee in the playoffs with the score tied and being led by one of the best qbs to ever play.

  4. I bet it wouldn’t be too odd that old Johnny Boy was likely drinking with one of these individuals the night of their arrests. Hence, why it hasn’t come from the horses’ mouth.

  5. Fire them.

    Our players are setting a better precedent than our front office.

    I’m embarrassed in a special kind of way.

  6. As l said previously they should both be fired. That would go a long way to solve the Broncos problem. There are other football executives who could do just as good as job as these two have done and won’t get drunk and then drive. That’s my solution!!

  7. Everyday, regular old people get busted driving while drunk. Should their employers all apologize and take the heat? Two guys made the same idiot mistake millions of others do. And our reaction to it because omg football is not a lot smarter.

  8. A question the Broncos still haven’t answered is why they didn’t, as Ellis said, “think you have to acknowledge your mistakes” after Heckert’s DUI in June.

    “So, I think you have to acknowledge your mistakes once they’ve been discovered and made public …”

  9. There is a precedent for this regarding the Broncos front office. It took a while before Denver admitted to cheating the salary cap in both their Super Bowl winning years. Why admit it unless there is enough evidence to drag it out of you?

  10. “We’re not perfect”. I know, but do you have to stray THAT far from being beyond reproach?

  11. With a mug like the guy above, can’t really blame him for drinking to the point of being drunk.

    Dude has a face that only a mother could love. And that may be a reach.

  12. I am not the face of my my employer, but if I got busted with DUI I’d be fired for it for putting them in that position. The NFL needs to get rid of these jokers……

  13. These two should be fired. The Josh Brent incident should still be fresh in every one’s mind. Then the PR hit from Hernandez and the countless others getting arrested. You are a multi-billion dollar business. You are superiors and should set examples. Yes there human and make mistakes but horrible timing on there parts. Will Goodell take action and suspend each the year? Would it have taken them killing someone? One had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit the other had one and half times the legal limit seven hours after the fact.

  14. Why is there so much outrage in this article about the lack of the typical bland corporate statements teams usually give out after an arrest?

    Who cares, they contain no content, mean nothing, and serve no purpose…

  15. There are a ton of things the team can do by way of discipline. Why are they not doing anything other than clucking out, “Naughty, naughty!”

    How about suspending them without pay and making the completion of a drug and alcohol awareness/diversion class the ticket off suspension? At a bare minimum.

  16. “If the Broncos are such firm believers in acknowledging mistakes, it’s odd that they didn’t acknowledge Heckert’s mistake.”
    ===================================

    They aren’t obligated to run to the media.

  17. As I’ve said before, there is zero tolerance in the schools for guns and sexual harassment. To allow these two guys to get away with nothing other then a total firing is an embarrassment to the franchise and the NFL. What kind of credibility do they have with their players?

    To do otherwise, then every player caught with a DUI, manslaughter, spousal/girlfriend abuse, etc. going forward should get off Scott free.

  18. Look, I don’t want to be the one who actually says it….but we’re all surprised that guy didn’t have a dead hooker in his trunk when he got pulled over, right?

  19. they shoukd be suspended but not fired. you don’t abandon people that need help, they get them help and stand begind them. same thing I would hope any of your bosses would do with you.

  20. Am I the only one that doesn’t care about these guys getting dui’s? The Denver Broncos are a first class organization and they have nothing to prove to the NFL that they should be considered anything less. Still hate them a lot after 1997, yet, they are still a great organization.

  21. The NFL, just like all major sports leagues and society, simply don’t take drunk driving seriously enough. All these guys have to do is call a cab. The league even pays for it. There is no excuse whatsoever to get behind the wheel while impaired. Unfortunately nobody will begin to lose their jobs over it until some innocent people are killed and the NFL is forced to react to the bad publicity and staged outrage from ambulance chasers in Congress.

  22. Yeah, do you find it ironic that your “errors” started when you got rid of Tebow?

    Think about it….

  23. “But we’re going to move on and our hope is that you won’t see this kind of incident from an employee again.”

    Ah, concern that we don’t SEE that kind of incident from an employee again.

    Got it, SMH.

  24. He was used to drinking that much. When your the browns GM you need something to dull the senses. Doesn’t Denver have a car service ?

  25. Here is the problem: a player gets a DUI/DWI he gets suspended, before he’s even convicted at times. Why should a front office fellow not receive the same, if not stiffer penalties? This is just another example of the higher ups of an organization getting a double standard.

  26. It’s also odd that John Elway, the front office boss who oversees both Heckert and Russell in Denver, has still said nothing publicly about their arrests. If the team wants to make a strong statement that it’s taking this matter seriously, the most prominent member of the front office should be the one making that statement.

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    Huh? Who cares about Elway. He is not the president. He has no business making any statement in this situation.

  27. I totally disagree with funktron2x, these guys are in leadership positions! They are supposed to set the example for their players and staff, when a CEO at any company gets busted for a DUI, there are repercussions, in the military a commander loses rank and pretty much ends his career. That’s why this is a story, if it were a towel boy it probably would not have made the paper. Anyways, thats my rant for the day, do not expect any other intelligent conversation from me for the rest of the day as I will now only be dogging the rest of your all’s teams with my usual colorful insults and idiocy!!! Thanks for listening and God Bless!

  28. if they arent asked for resignations then that franchise deserves no ones respect…

  29. Beyond the fact that both of these guys make more than enough money to simply call a cab, don’t they realize they live in Colorado? If you need to get really buzzed, just smoke a little weed.

  30. Horseface hasn’t said anything because he’s a bigger drunk than both of them put together.

  31. Just a minor communication breakdown.During interview Elway told Heckert & Russell ;you will report directly to the czar….what they heard was…you will report directly to the bar..

  32. I think its obvious the blame falls on their college coaches.
    Thats the way it works now isn’t it.

  33. man – this is beyond ridiculous…folks do stupid things everywhere! get ready for the blotter to be filled up w/ texters & pot smokers next…or people speaking out against an oppressive/invasive government – because it is coming! I have also found out as a lifelong SAINTS fan that winning breeds hatred (and false accusations) – so for NE/DEN fans – just tune it out…

  34. chiefsfaninla says: Jul 11, 2013 11:14 PM

    Raider move!!!
    ————–
    Appears to be a Bronco move to me, loser. Now, if one of these guys kills his girlfriend and then drives over to the facility and kills himself, you can definitely call that a Chief move.

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