One day after they issued a statement on Matt Russell's arrest, the Denver Broncos released another Tuesday following the news that Tom Heckert was arrested in June. According to a report, Heckert was arrested on June 11 and charged with driving under the influence and careless driving.
Although the arrest occurred nearly a month ago, it did not become public until an Associated Press report on Tuesday. In the statement, the Broncos said they were aware of the situation immediately and notified the league offense. The team called the arrest "extremely upsetting" while Heckert said he was disappointed in his "serious mistake" and would work toward regaining the trust that was lost.
Heckert is the second Broncos executive to be arrested for DUI within a month after Russell was arrested on July 7. The team said this sort of behavior cannot be tolerated and the team would review procedures in place to prevent similar incidents.
Here are the complete statements, first from Hecket then the Broncos, via a release from the team:
"I am extremely disappointed that in my short time with the Broncos I have made such a serious mistake. 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."
"We were made aware of the matter involving Tom Heckert immediately after it occurred and promptly notified the league office. 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."