The Denver Broncos will likely take the lead in punishing two team executives who are facing drunken-driving charges and team plans to be aggressive in sending a message that their behavior is not acceptable, reports ESPN.com.
Broncos director of pro personnel Tom Heckert and director of player personnel Matt Russell can be suspended for a lengthy amount of time by the league or the team for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
Heckert was arrested Parker, Colo., on June 11 and charged with driving under the influence and careless driving. Russell was arrested last weekend and booked on suspicion of driving under the influence. Heckert had a blood alcohol content level of .16, more than two times the legal limit for the state of Colorado. Russell reportedly had a BAC of .24.
Heckert apologized for his behavior in a statement yesterday, but other team executives said that type of behavior won't be tolerated.
"It's embarrassing for us as a franchise, it's embarrassing for Mr. [Pat] Bowlen, it's especially embarrassing for our fans. We don't tolerate it and we're not going to,"Broncos president Joe Ellis said yesterday. "My expectation is the discipline will be severe."