Denver suspends two executives
On Monday, the Denver Broncos suspended two executives, Matt Russell and Tom Heckert, because they are facing charges of driving under the influence.
According to NFL.com, the Broncos announced that Russell will be suspended indefinitely without pay for his actions, and Heckert will be suspended one month without pay. The NFL is apparently not going to serve any further punishment on the two Denver executives, but that the team could be subject to penalties for repeat offenses within their organization, under the league’s salary remittance policy.
“The Broncos will support Matt and Tom during their suspensions and beyond as necessary,” the team said in a statement. “They will be provided with treatment resources as needed in the form of education, counseling and other rehabilitation programs.
“Specifics of their treatment will be kept confidential due to the personal nature of these matters. Both will be monitored closely to ensure compliance and will be thoroughly evaluated before any potential return to employment with the Denver Broncos.”
Russell and Heckert serve as the top two advisers to executive vice president John Elway, according to The Associated Press, so it will be interesting to see if their actions have any impact on the Broncos on-the-field or in the locker room operations.
“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.”
Russell’s infraction was more severe and therefore garnered a harsher punishment. He hit a parked police vehicle at 40 mph earlier this month in Colorado and was charged with a DUI for that and driving carelessly resulting in injury, also for having an open container of alcohol, and failure to display proof of insurance. This information was supplied by an affidavit obtained by the NFL.