Broncos coach Mike Shanahan commented Friday after practice about former Denver running back Travis Henry, who was arrested on cocaine charges this week. Henry was released this offseason after he failed to show up for a few injury rehabilitation assignments.
“Obviously when a guy gets an opportunity you’re hoping he’s going to take advantage of it, from a football side, and when he didn’t do the things he was supposed to do during the offseason program obviously we released him,” Shanahan said. “But for him to experience what he’s experienced right now, I wouldn’t wish that on anybody. It’s really a shame. He’s going to spend a number of years in prison.”
The Broncos and Shanahan stood by Henry when he fought the NFL over a positive drug test for marijuana, an appeal he won. Before his brush with the law and after his release from the Broncos, he was suspended a year for another failed drug test.
“He knew he was on his last go-around,” Shanahan said. “He made some mistakes when he was younger, a lot of guys get a second chance and deserve to get a second chance. Obviously he didn’t take advantage of it.”