Aug 2, 2011; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert (left) talks team president Mike Holmgren during training camp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos DUI Deja Vu


 

As if one DUI arrest with which to saddle the Denver Broncos‘ organization isn’t enough, a second has surfaced in as many days. One day after we learned that Broncos’ director of player personnel, Matt Russell was arrested in Breckenridge, CO over this past Independence Day weekend, another member of the front office was arrested for the same offense. Tom Heckert, Broncos’ director of pro personnel was actually arrested on June 11th, 2013. However these developments are just surfacing. It is uncertain why Denver’s front office waited until today to shed light on this story, but in a press release issued by the Broncos, they offered this statement:

 “We were made aware of the matter involving Tom Heckert immediately after it occurred and promptly notified the league office. His arrest is extremely upsetting, and this situation is being handled internally as well as in coordination with NFL policies.
“Tom’s actions are obviously part of a disturbing pattern of irresponsible behavior that we are aggressively addressing within our organization.
 “One member of the Broncos arrested for driving under the influence is one too many. This type of behavior puts innocent people at risk and cannot be tolerated. While our team and league supply plenty of resources to prevent these situations, it is clear we need to do better.
 “We are thoroughly reviewing the procedures we have in place and will do whatever it takes to enhance their effectiveness going forward.”

Heckert had this to say.

“I am extremely disappointed that in my short time with the Broncos I have made such a serious mistake. My actions last month have brought embarrassment to the organization, and I fully understand the consequences that are involved. I am truly sorry and take complete responsibility for this situation.

“Although I have let many people down, I will learn from this and work toward regaining the trust that I have lost.”

As in the Russell case, there will most likely be fines and a suspension handed down by the NFL.

It is said that things happen in threes. Let us all hope that this type of behavior stops at two.


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