Englewood, CO (Sports Network) - Denver Broncos director of pro personnel Tom
Heckert is facing charges of driving under the influence, stemming from a June
Heckert was pulled over and detained on June 11 in Parker, a suburb just over
20 miles from downtown Denver. He was charged with driving under the influence
and careless driving, according to the Denver Post on Tuesday, which cited a
report from the Douglass County Sheriff's department. That report stated
Heckert may have been weaving before he was stopped by police.
"We were made aware of the matter involving Tom Heckert immediately after it
occurred and promptly notified the league office. His arrest is extremely
upsetting, and this situation is being handled internally as well as in
coordination with NFL policies," said the team in a statement issued on
Tuesday. "Tom's actions are obviously part of a disturbing pattern of
irresponsible behavior that we are aggressively addressing within our
"One member of the Broncos arrested for driving under the influence is one too
many. This type of behavior puts innocent people at risk and cannot be
tolerated. While our team and league supply plenty of resources to prevent
these situations, it is clear we need to do better.
"We are thoroughly reviewing the procedures we have in place and will do
whatever it takes to enhance their effectiveness going forward."
It's the second time in as many days the franchise has endured the revelation
that a member of its front-office staff was arrested on suspicion of driving
under the influence. On Monday, word came down that director of player
personnel Matt Russell was arrested over the weekend in Breckenridge County,
CO, after colliding with several vehicles, one of them a police SUV.
Heckert was hired on May 7. He most recently served as general manager for the
Cleveland Browns from 2010-12 and was in the same position with the
Philadelphia Eagles from 2006-09.
"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 in his own statement.
"Although I have let many people down, I will learn from this and work toward
regaining the trust that I have lost."
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