|Broncos exec Tom Heckert apologizes after arrest for DWI|
by Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, July 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm ET
Tom Heckert Profile
One day after the revelation that Denver Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence over the weekend, another Broncos executive is also in trouble with the law.
Director of pro personnel Tom Heckert was arrested June 11 and charged with driving under the influence and careless driving, according to the Associated Press.
"We were made aware of the matter involving Tom Heckert immediately after it occurred and promptly notified the league office," the Broncos said in a statement, their second statement about a personnel department staffer in trouble with the law in as many days. "His arrest is extremely upsetting, and this situation is being handled internally as well as in coordination with NFL policies. 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 released a statement of apology.
"I am extremely disappointed that in my short time with the Broncos I have made such a serious mistake," Heckert said. "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. Although I have let many people down, I will learn from this and work toward regaining the trust that I have lost."
Heckert has an Aug. 30 court date and is represented by lawyer Harvey Steinberg, a prominent Denver criminal defense attorney.
Russell and Heckert are expected to be punished under the NFL personal conduct policy.
Three years ago, Detroit Lions team president Tom Lewand was suspended for a month and fined $100,000 by the NFL after pleading guilty for driving while impaired.
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