Denver Broncos director of pro personnel (and former Cleveland Browns general manager) Tom Heckert has been suspended one month without pay by the team, following his DUI charges.
Heckert was charged June 11 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. The worst part was that the reveal of these charges came right after Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell was charged with a DUI of his own. The incidents happened a month apart, but the timing of Heckert’s DUI charges going public did not make the Broncos look especially good.
Hecket got off a little lighter; Russell is suspended indefinitely without pay. Both Broncos executives will also have access to treatment in accordance with an ongoing evaluation.
Needless to say, vice president of football operations John Elway is pretty disappointed in his second- and third-in-command.
“It’s particularly disappointing that two members of my staff acted so irresponsibly,” Elway said in a statement. “Simply put, it’s unacceptable and inexcusable.”