The Denver Broncos' front office is having quite the week. On Monday, news broke that Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell was charged with DUI. Then on Tuesday, the Associated Press uncovered a June 11 incident involving another member of the front office being arrested for drunk driving.
Broncos director of pro personnel Tom Heckert was arrested in Parker, Colo. the night of June 11 and charged with driving under the influence and careless driving, the AP reported.
The team put out a strong statement on the "disturbing pattern" of behavior.
Denver Broncos 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.”
Tom Heckert statement:
“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.”
Heckert, the general manager of the Browns the last three seasons, was hired by the Broncos on May 7.
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