Usually it’s the players that are arrested for DUI, but not this time. Now, it’s front office personnel. According to USA Today Sports Matt Russell, John Elway’s director of player personnel for the Denver Broncos, spent a night in a Breckenridge, Colo. jail after being arrested on a drunken driving charge Saturday.
Reports say Russell crashed his truck into a parked police car. Russell and the police officer from the Breckenridge Police Department were both treated for minor injuries at Summit Medical Center. Russell was charged with careless driving, possession of an open container and failure to show proof of insurance. He submitted to an alcohol test but the results have not been released.
The Broncos, as expected, are not happy saying the incident is:
“very troubling” and his behavior “unacceptable.”
“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,” the team said.
Russell issued a statement expressing his regret and shame:
“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,” Russell said. “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.”
As an employee, Russell is subject to the NFL’s personal conduct policy and could face further disciplinary action.
Russell is John Elway’s top assistant on all personnel matters, and turns 40 this Friday.
Happy birthday. I guess.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,