Broncos' Heckert facing DUI charges
Englewood, CO (Sports Network) - Denver Broncos director of pro personnel Tom Heckert is facing charges of driving under the influence, stemming from a June arrest.
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 organization.
"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."
07/09 20:00:41 ET