A second Denver Broncos executive is facing drunken driving charges, police said Tuesday.
Tom Heckert, the Broncos’ recently hired director of pro personnel, was arrested in Parker, Colo., on June 11 and charged with driving under the influence and careless driving, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department.
The news comes one day after Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell apologized for his arrest over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Heckert was hired May 7 after spending three seasons as general manager of the Cleveland Browns. He was the GM of the Philadelphia Eagles from 2006-2009.
In Heckert’s new role, he works closely with executive vice president John Elway and Russell, who faces multiple charges, including driving under the influence and careless driving resulting in injury after police said his 2008 Toyota Tundra crashed into a Breckenridge police SUV on Saturday.
Russell and Heckert face possible heavy discipline from the team and the league in addition to any legal consequences. NFL-imposed penalties could range from stiff fines to suspensions and even banishment.
In 2010, Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand was suspended for a month and fined $100,000 by the league after he pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.
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