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Posted on 07/15/2013 3:46:22 PM PDT by george76
The Denver Broncos promised severe penalties for executives Matt Russell and Tom Heckert following their recent driving under the influence arrests. On Monday, those penalties arrived.
Russell will be suspended indefinitely without pay, the team announced. Heckert will be suspended one month without pay for his infraction. Treatment will be provided as needed with an evaluation ongoing.
Russell's punishment is more harsh, in part because his crime was more severe. Russell was charged with DUI earlier this month in Colorado after hitting a parked police vehicle at 40 mph. He also was charged with having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle, careless driving resulting in injury and failure to display proof of insurance, according to an affidavit obtained by NFL Network and NFL.com.
Timing might have also played a factor in Russell's punishment. Breer notes that Russell was aware of Heckert's arrest -- the Broncos met about it -- and yet he didn't change his own behavior.
"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."
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Russell actually ran into two cars - one of them a police car. His was also worse IMHO because he knew about Heckert and senior management had talked about how serious the organization considers DUI.
They should have gotten rid of those Coors drinking fountains in the Broncos facilities long ago.