Denver Broncos Director of Player Personnel Matt Russell was arrested over the weekend and charged with driving under the influence, careless driving resulting in injury, having an open container of alcohol in his car, and failure to display proof of insurance after crashing in to two vehicles including one marked police cruiser.
When the Broncos learned of Russell’s arrest, they were very unhappy with the news and they have issues a very strong statement that makes it clear his job could be in jeopardy.
“Our organization is extremely disappointed and concerned with the incident involving Matt Russell,” the Broncos said in a statement released by the organization. “We immediately expressed our disappointment to Matt, and he is fully aware of the seriousness of this situation. This type of behavior is unacceptable and very troubling. We expect better from all employees, particularly those in leadership positions. These allegations completely contradict the values and beliefs of the Broncos regarding social responsibility.
“We are continuing to gather information and will handle this matter appropriately and in accordance with all NFL policies.”
A statement was also issued on Russell’s behalf.
“I deeply regret the poor judgment I demonstrated that resulted in my arrest over the weekend,” Russell said. “I apologize to the Denver Broncos, our fans and the National Football League for this inexcusable mistake. I’m ashamed that I represented this region and the Broncos organization in the manner that I did. I take complete responsibility for my actions and will be fully accountable. Going forward, I will take steps to ensure this never happens again.”
Russell was expected to take over the Broncos full operations after John Elway walked away, but it would be very hard for the team to keep faith in Russell if he remains with the organization. Russell will now be subject to facing discipline under the NFL’s personal-conduct policy and the Broncos could take their own separate action.
You never want to see a front-office member hitting the news for this type of reason, so the chances that he retains his job don’t look very promising.