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SBD/July 16, 2013/Franchises
Broncos Suspend Russell, Heckert After DUIs; NFL Won't Add Further Discipline
Published July 16, 2013
HURTS ME TOO: ESPN's Ed Werder noted the suspensions of Heckert and Russell will “hurt the Broncos in terms of evaluating their players through camps as they make cuts and compose their final roster.” ESPN’s Billy Devaney said it was "great" the way Ellis came out "right away and was proactive talking about how they were not going to condone this and it was going to be more than just a slap on the wrist.” Devaney said it was important to note Broncos coach John Fox “was not mentioned” in who was involved in the suspension, as the “football part is kind of separated from the front office part in this situation” ("NFL Live," ESPN, 7/15).
CRIME & PUNISHMENT: CBSSPORTS.com's Jason La Canfora reported NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "let the Broncos, which consulted with the league, dole out the punishments." But there "have been whispers about what some other execs have termed 'a frat-house culture' in the Broncos front office." Elway, whose "transparency and candor was so refreshing when he launched on to the management scene on Twitter and elsewhere, should have taken to his account, or some public forum, upon Heckert's arrest." These "blights are on his hands and on his watch." The Broncos "sent a fairly strong message" with the punishments. But they did not "break new ground in what the commissioner doled out in the past and it remains to be seen if both are back by, say the middle of the preseason, which could be the case" (CBSSPORTS.com, 7/15).