The Denver Broncos has suspended two executives who were arrested in recent months for DUI, according to news reports. The suspension of Matt Russell, 40, director of player personnel, is for an indefinite period of time, and that of Tom Heckert, 45, director of pro personnel, is for one month, Kevin Manahan writes in USA TODAY.
The suspensions of both men will take effect immediately, the Broncos announced on Monday. While the men are suspended, they will be given treatment and counseling for substance abuse, Manahan writes. He quotes Broncos president Joe Ellis from a Monday statement:
This morning, we informed both Matt and Tom of the discipline as well as our expectations of them going forward. While they will be punished and held accountable, our first priority is their health and well-being. We must ensure they receive any care they need and support them however possible.
As this blog has reported, the Broncos acknowledged on July 9 that Heckert was arrested for drunk driving on June 11, and Russell was arrested on July 6 for DUI and other charges after his vehicle hit two cars, one in Frisco and the second — a police vehicle — in Breckenridge. Russell’s blood alcohol level at the scene was measured at .246, more than three times the legal limit, Manahan writes.
And now Mike Kils writes in The Denver Post that a search of state records has found that Broncos offensive lineman Quentin Saulsberry was arrested on May 19 in Arapahoe County on suspicion of drunk driving. That makes three members of the Broncos organization to be cited for DUI during this off season, Kils writes. The 24-year-old Saulsberry was also charged with a lane usage violation and is scheduled to appear in Arapahoe County Court on August 19, Kils writes.
Kils provides the following account of Saulsberry’s arrest according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s report: Police were notified of a white Ford pickup truck that was weaving and not staying in lane. As Saulsberry exited the 7-Eleven near South Jordan Road and East Broncos Parkway after 2 a.m. on May 19, authorities questioned him when he tried to get into his truck. He told the deputy that he had one beer at a friend’s house.
Saulsberry was arrested at 2:34 a.m. after failing a sobriety test. He elected to take a blood test, which was performed at 3:47 a.m. The results of that test were redacted from the court documents. Kils then quotes Broncos spokesperson Patrick Smith on Monday: “We have been aware of Quentin Saulsberry’s arrest and will continue to monitor the legal developments related to this matter, which is subject to review under the NFL’s policies.”