KUSA – John Elway has taken a stand and it’s not alongside Beth Bowlen-Wallace.
Elway, the unquestioned best player in Broncos’ history who has served as the team’s general manager for going on eight seasons, issued a statement on his Twitter account Friday that lent his strong support to not only his boss, Broncos’ president Joe Ellis, but the Pat Bowlen Trust as a whole and its succession plan.
“I want to make one thing clear about yesterday's news: Joe Ellis is doing an incredible job & I have full confidence in him,’’ Elway said in his tweet. “He's got all of our support. Pat put a lot of good people in place to follow his plan, and that's what they're doing.’’
Elway was referring to the fireworks set off Thursday when Beth Bowlen-Wallace, one of Pat Bowlen’s daughter, set out a press release saying she has met all the criteria set forth by the Pat Bowlen Trust and she is ready to become the controlling owner of the Broncos.
The Trust and Ellis, who is one of three trustees, responded by saying “we have thoroughly evaluated whether Beth is capable of succeeding her father as controlling owner. We have determined that she is not capable or qualified at this time.’’
9News took a close look at the criteria the Trust laid out for Pat Bowlen’s children should one of them want to succeed Pat Bowlen as the Broncos’ chief owner and whether Bowlen-Wallace has met the criteria.
Bowlen-Wallace responded Friday with another press release that took issue with the Trust’s response.
“I am disappointed and disagree with the inaccurate comments made by the trustees,’’ she said. The Trust did not response to Bowlen-Wallace’s latest press release. Elway, though, made it clear he is behind the succession plan laid out by the Trust.