Broncos Executive Arrested for DUI After Hitting Cop Car
Matt Russell, the Denver Broncos’ director of player personnel, faces various charges after being arrested for DUI Saturday night after allegedly hitting two cars in Summit County, one of them a Breckenridge police car, as Jeff Legwold and Kieran Nicholson write for The Denver Post in a Monday article. Russell was driving a 2008 Toyota Tundra truck, Lindsay H. Jones writes in USA TODAY Sports.
The 40-year-old Russell faces charges of driving under the influence, having an open container of alcohol in his car, careless driving resulting in injury, and failure to display proof of insurance, The Denver Post writes. Trooper Nate Reid, a Colorado State Patrol spokesman, said a Breckenridge police officer was injured when Russell’s car ran into the police department SUV, The Denver Post writes.
A Sports Network article appearing in the Chicago Tribune reports that Russell’s vehicle hit two cars in Summit County. The first was in Frisco on Saturday evening, and the second was the police SUV that he rear-ended in Breckenridge. The injured officer was taken to a local hospital, treated and released, according the to Sports Network.
Jones writes that Russell spent Saturday night in jail. He posted bond on Sunday, according to the Sports Network. Russell was also treated for minor injuries at Summit Medical Center, as was the injured officer, Jones writes. She adds that Reid said Russell had not been charged in the Frisco incident.
The Denver Broncos issued the following statement, as the Sports Network writes:
Our organization is extremely disappointed and concerned with the incident involving Matt Russell. 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.
In a statement released by the Broncos, Russell said:
I deeply regret the poor judgment I demonstrated that resulted in my arrest over the weekend. 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.
Jones writes that Russell has deep roots in Colorado, where he starred as a linebacker for the University of Colorado in the 1990s. He lived in Boulder when he worked as an NFL scout for the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles before he joined the Bronco’s front office in 2009. “He was promoted by Elway in January 2012, and is [John] Elway’s top assistant on all personnel matters,” Jones writes.