The NFL has seen their fair share of arrests already this year, with the Aaron Hernandez case taking the cake. However, the Denver Broncos will not tolerate members of the organization making headlines for irresponsible behavior. There is no question the hammer is coming down on the two executives who decided it would be wise to get arrested for driving under the influence.
“This type of behavior is inexcusable, unacceptable and completely embarrassing,” team president Joe Ellis told The Denver Post. “It’s embarrassing for us as a franchise, it’s embarrassing for Mr. (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.”
Not long after Broncos director of pro personnel Tom Heckert was arrested for drunk driving, team director of player personnel Matt Russell followed in his footsteps. Heckert was arrested on June 11 but the news did not hit the fan until this week. The reason for that might be because Russell was arrested for the same crime over the weekend.
It would be bad enough if two Denver players were tossed in jail for receiving a DUI, especially with what is going on with the other players around the league, but to have two executives do it is unacceptable. These two gentlemen must show the younger players how one must conduct oneself by leading by example, which is something they failed to do.
“Executives in our company are held to a higher standard,” Ellis said. “That’s a mandate handed down from the commissioner. One episode is one too many. Two is ridiculous. 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.”
It is not exactly known what the punishment will be. With that being said, suspensions, fines and legal action are all good assumptions.