Englewood, CO (Sports Network) - Denver Broncos director of player personnel
Matt Russell was arrested over the weekend after hitting two cars in Summit
According to the Denver Post, Russell first ran into a car in Frisco on
Saturday evening. Several minutes later, at about 7:24 p.m. (m.t.), he rear-
ended a police SUV in Breckenridge.
The officer in the Breckenridge Police Department SUV was injured in the
crash, said Nate Reid, a Colorado State Patrol spokesman. He was taken to a
local hospital, treated and released.
The Denver Broncos released a statement addressing the incident:
"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. This type of
behavior is unacceptable and very troubling. We expect better from all
employees, particularly those in leadership positions. These allegations
completely contradict the values and beliefs of the Broncos regarding social
responsibility. We are continuing to gather information and will handle this
matter appropriately and in accordance with all NFL policies."
Russell, 40, was arrested and booked into Summit County Jail on Saturday and
posted bond on Sunday. He faces charges of driving under the influence, having
an open container of alcohol in his car, careless driving resulting in injury
and failure to display proof of insurance.
"I deeply regret the poor judgment I demonstrated that resulted in my arrest
over the weekend," said Russell in a statement released by the Broncos. "I
apologize to the Denver Broncos, our fans and the National Football League for
this inexcusable mistake. 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."
Russell was selected by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round of the 1997 NFL
Draft. He played three seasons before knee injuries forced him to retire in
Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway promoted
Russell to his current position in January 2012, after three seasons as the
team's college scouting director. Prior to joining the Broncos, he was a scout
for the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots.
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