One might think the rampant crime wave in football might be limited to players, but the Denver Broncos are proving that executives can get in on it as well.
Former Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert was charged with driving a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 or more and careless driving June 11 in Parker, Colo.
He was actually the first of two Broncos front office members to be charged with a DUI this offseason, as director of player personnel Matt Russell received a drunken-driving charge of his own last weekend.
Heckert apologized in a team 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,” Heckert said. “Although I have let many people down, I will learn from this and work toward regaining the trust that I have lost.”
Not only does Heckert face his pretrial conference Aug. 30, but he stands to face heavy discipline from the team and league.