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Heckert's Recent Arrest Comes To Light As Broncos Grapple With Spate Of DUIs
Published July 10, 2013
SOMETHING NEEDS TO HAPPEN: In Denver, Mark Kiszla writes the Broncos “have a drinking problem," and the “sobering truth is: The Broncos must do something more than say they're sorry." Suspending Russell "without pay for at least three months while the top aide to John Elway deals with the legal fallout seems within reason" (DENVER POST, 7/10). KCKK-AM's Peter Burns noted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is "all about protecting the NFL shield," and if he is going to "suspend players for acting like a knucklehead, then you've got to fine and suspend a front office executive as well." Burns: "I don’t put a front office executive above a player because everybody's an adult here." Kiszla noted the league "wants to get past DUIs," but players typically "don't get suspended nearly as bad as what probably will happen with Russell." Kiszla said, "That's the power of the players' association and the deal of the collective bargaining agreement. If they wanted to end this, they could end it a lot quicker. But they use it as bargaining chip" ("The Press Box," DENVERPOST.com, 7/9).