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Broncos expect 'severe punishment' for executives who received DUIs

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02:15 PM ET 07.10 | It has been a rough few days for the Denver Broncos front office. We first learned that director of player personnel Matt Russell was charged over the weekend with driving under the influence, careless driving resulting in injury, having an open container of alcohol in his car, and failure to display proof of insurance, and that news was quickly followed with the report that John Elway's other top assistant, director of pro personnel Tom Heckert, was also slapped with a DUI. The Broncos were embarrassed with the two incidents and they issued a strong statement that left many wondering what the future held for Russell and Heckert in Denver. Most recently, Broncos president Joe Ellis expressed that he expects "severe" punishment.

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July 11, 2013  01:33 AM ET

Doesn't anyone take a cab or get a ride anymore????

July 11, 2013  03:12 AM ET

If you follow the Bronco's at all, you know who Tom Nalen is. Loved his Tweet.

The Bronco's got caught with their pants down as they were letting the Heckert DUI just quietly go away.

Nalen - maybe if the broncos were more proactive in dealing with heckert, russell doesn't get the DUI. cowards

July 11, 2013  03:40 AM ET
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Doesn't anyone take a cab or get a ride anymore????

The NFL actually pays for transportation if a player needs it when they're intoxicated. It's said they don't use it because they don't want it to get back to their employer that maybe they have a drinking problem. Which leads to?

July 11, 2013  03:47 AM ET

This. I like Tom Nalen but he's got a little bit of that pot calling kettle goin on with him. John Mobley was convicted of drunk driving in 2004 and was sentenced to 1 year in jail which was reduced to 7 days. Who gets sentenced to 1 year in jail for a single car accident for a simple DUI (and remember this was 2004)? What eventually came out was that Mobley had been stopped over 50 times in the same area (driving home) and had never actually been arrested. I'm amazed to this day how this never came to light until after he was let go by the Broncos. You figure out of 50 times someone had to spill the beans at least once. No way in hell the Broncos didn't know or his "teammates" were not aware of his drinking and driving problem. So while I applaud Tom Nalen for speaking out I also wonder what he did while John Mobley was helping him win games. And yes, they were teammates for Mobley's entire 7 year career with the Broncos.

July 11, 2013  03:49 AM ET

Forgot to clearly explain that those 50 stops? All because he was driving while intoxicated. Was he not as drunk as other times? I'm sure but it was made clear that every time alcohol was involved.

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July 11, 2013  07:25 AM ET
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Forgot to clearly explain that those 50 stops? All because he was driving while intoxicated. Was he not as drunk as other times? I'm sure but it was made clear that every time alcohol was involved.

50 stops ?

That sounds racist.

July 11, 2013  07:41 AM ET

He lived out by me, golfed at my club. I know he got stopped a lot, but 50 stops sounds really high. That area of Parker and unincorporated Douglas county gets a lot of coverage by both Parker Police and DCSD. He put his car in the ditch a few times without getting arrested, I do know that.

July 11, 2013  09:13 AM ET
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He lived out by me, golfed at my club. I know he got stopped a lot, but 50 stops sounds really high. That area of Parker and unincorporated Douglas county gets a lot of coverage by both Parker Police and DCSD. He put his car in the ditch a few times without getting arrested, I do know that.

That's what I was thinking. I thought there were a few different police forces that covered that area.

July 11, 2013  10:20 AM ET

Well... at least they didn't kill anyone.






<sigh...>

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July 11, 2013  04:40 PM ET
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Well... at least they didn't kill anyone. <sigh...>

I don't think Jolly Roger envisioned that as a goal when he instituted a higher moral standard with the league. 32 arrests for NFL players/employees this off-season....so far. And that doesn't count Brent getting bail revoked.

July 12, 2013  12:21 AM ET
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Well... at least they didn't kill anyone. <sigh...>

That's the spirit!

 
July 13, 2013  11:09 PM ET

They are still drowning their sorrows from that Jacoby touchdown.

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