Denver Broncos Suspend Executives Matt Russell, Tom Heckert

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IJuly 15, 2013

The Denver Broncos have decided on the punishments for team executives Matt Russell and Tom Heckert, who were both recently arrested on DUI charges. 

Per Mike Klis of the Denver Post:

Matt Russell suspended indefinitely w/out pay, Tom Heckert suspended 1 month w/out pay. Treatment provided as needed

— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) July 15, 2013

This was the statement the team released on the matter, via's Gregg Rosenthal:

The Broncos will support Matt and Tom during their suspensions and beyond as necessary. They will be provided with treatment resources as needed in the form of education, counseling and other rehabilitation programs.

"Specifics of their treatment will be kept confidential due to the personal nature of these matters. Both will be monitored closely to ensure compliance and will be thoroughly evaluated before any potential return to employment with the Denver Broncos."

According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the NFL doesn't plan to enforce further punishment for the Heckert and Russell transgressions:

The NFL does not intend to further discipline Broncos executives Matt Russell and Tom Heckert, who trail John Elway in chain of command.

— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) July 15, 2013

Albert Breer noted "the Broncos also could find themselves subject to the league's salary remittance policy, which penalizes clubs for repeat offenses within an organization."

The consequences Russell will face match the severity of his run-in with the law. 

Per Rosenthal's article, via an affidavit obtained by NFL Network and, "Russell was arrested for possible DUI earlier this month in Colorado after hitting a parked police vehicle at 40 mph. He was charged with DUI, having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle, careless driving resulting in injury and failure to display proof of insurance."

Team president Joe Ellis was quoted saying: 

Broncos Prez Joe Ellis: “When Matt returns will basically be up to Matt. But the suspension will not be days or weeks, it will be months."

— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) July 15, 2013

Vice president of football operations John Elway had little tolerance for the behavior, per Rosenthal.

"It's particularly disappointing that two members of my staff acted so irresponsibly. Simply put, it's unacceptable and inexcusable," Elway said.