Broncos officials spent much of Monday sorting through the circumstances surrounding director of player personnel Matt Russell's DUI arrest Saturday night in Summit County.
Russell, who turned 40 on Friday and was promoted into his current job by the team's executive vice president of football operations, John Elway, in January 2012, faces multiple charges including DUI and careless driving resulting in injury. Russell's 2008 Toyota Tundra struck a Breckenridge police SUV.
And beyond any impending legal ramifications, Russell's job — which he called a "dream job" in April — is now at risk. He faces the prospect of punishment from Summit County authorities, the Broncos and the NFL.
"Our organization is extremely disappointed and concerned with the incident involving Matt Russell," the Broncos said in a statement released Monday afternoon. "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."
Russell was arrested for DUI on Saturday after allegedly hitting two cars in Summit County in separate collisions just minutes apart — the second with the Breckenridge police vehicle. According to Colorado State Patrol reports, Russell first ran into a car in Frisco.
A few minutes later, just before 7:30 p.m., he rear-ended the police SUV as he approached Breckenridge.
"I'm ashamed that I represented this region and the Broncos' organization in the manner that I did," Russell said in the statement released by the Broncos. "I take complete responsibility for my actions and will be fully accountable. Going forward, I will take steps to ensure this never happens again."