Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell charged with DUI

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

Denver Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell was arrested on Saturday, July 6 after hitting two vehicles, including a Breckenridge, Colo. police car, CBS4 in Denver reported on Monday.

According to the report, Russell's 2008 Black Toyota Tundra struck a car in Frisco, Colo. before rear-ending a police cruiser in nearby Breckenridge a few minutes later.

Russell, who turned 40 on Friday, is facing charges of driving under the influence, careless driving resulting in injury, having an open container of alcohol in his car, and failure to display proof of insurance. Russell spent Saturday night in jail before posting $1,000 bond on Sunday.

“I deeply regret the poor judgment I demonstrated that resulted in my arrest over the weekend," Russell said in a statement issued by the Broncos. "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."

Russell was an All-American and Butkus Award-winning linebacker at Colorado who was selected in the fourth-round of the 1997 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions. Russell's playing career was cut short by knee injuries, but he is highly thought of as an talent evaluator, working as a scout in the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles organizations before joining the Broncos in 2009. This offseason, Russell was candidate for the San Diego Chargers' general manager position and he was rumored to be interested in the athletic director's job at Colorado.

Russell may be subject to discipline, a suspension and/or fine, from the league office for violating the personal conduct policy, which extends to personnel executives.

"Our organization is extremely disappointed and concerned with the incident involving Matt Russell," the team announced. "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."

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