Denver Broncos: Two Executives Rightfully Suspended for Drunk Driving, Furthering Disturbing Trend

By Ryan Heckman


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On Monday afternoon, it was announced that the Denver Broncos have suspended two of their front office executives without pay for a month due to their actions involved in a drunk driving incident. This type of thing is apparently an ongoing issue in Denver’s organization.

Director of player personnel Matt Russell and director of pro personnel Tom Heckert have been suspended for their recent arrests involving drunk driving, and vice president John Elway is not pleased.

Elway said that when he came back to the team two years ago that he made it very clear each employee holds “an individual responsibility to represent this team in the appropriate manner at all times.”

“It’s particularly disappointing that two members of my staff acted so irresponsibly. Simply put, it’s unacceptable and inexcusable,” Elway said.

According to the Denver Post, Heckert was arrested June 11th in Parker, CO and charged with driving under the influence as well as careless driving according to the local police department.

Russel’s situation was a bit more complicated than that. He was arrested on charges of DUI, no proof of insurance, careless driving causing injury and having an open container in the vehicle.

On top of both of these arrests, yet another report of an arrest came on Monday. Offensive lineman Quentin Saulsberry was reportedly arrested May 19th of this year on suspicion of drunk driving.

Well, it seems as though the Broncos have a trend going on around the organization.

“We have been aware of Quentin Saulsberry’s arrest and will continue to monitor the legal developments related to this matter, which is subject to review under the NFL‘s policies,” a team spokesperson told the Post.

I think there needs to be some sort of D.A.R.E. workshop presented to the team, just like all of us good kids went through in grade school. Maybe they can make it fun and hand out candy and prizes, too.

Hey, do you have a better idea?

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