Denver Broncos director of pro personnel Tom Heckert is facing DUI charges. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)
Denver Broncos director of pro personnel Tom Heckert was arrested last month in Colorado and charged with driving under the influence and careless driving, reports the Associated Press.
Heckert was hired by Broncos Executive Vice President John Elway on May 7 and he is the second Broncos executive is facing drunken driving charges. Heckert, 45, joined the Broncos in May after serving as general manager of the Cleveland Browns for the last three seasons.
The news comes one day after Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell apologized for his arrest over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The league's policy on personal conduct applies to front office executives as well as players, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said he wants to stiffen the penalties for first-offense drunken driving cases.
The team released a statement Tuesday calling Heckert's arrest "extremely upsetting."
“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.”
Heckert also released a statement:
“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," he stated.
“Although I have let many people down, I will learn from this and work toward regaining the trust that I have lost.”