DENVER — One of the brothers of Broncos owner Pat Bowlen filed a motion in Colorado District Court on Thursday to remove the three-person trust that is controlling the team.
Bill Bowlen’s filing in Arapahoe County District Court makes the request “due to their failure to uphold Pat Bowlen’s wishes and act in the best interest of Pat Bowlen, his family and the Broncos,” according to the report.
Pat Bowlen has been fighting Alzheimer’s. He stepped away from his day-to-day operation of the Broncos in 2014.
Since that time, Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis, Richard Slivka and Mary Kelly have been the trustees in control of the team.
Ellis is the team’s point person and represents the Broncos at team meetings and is in charge of day-to-day operations.
“I am a huge fan of the Broncos, and have been for decades. Unfortunately, over the past 15 years, I’ve noticed that the operation of the Broncos has deteriorated, while my brother’s health has worsened,” Bill Bowlen said in a release.
“I have real concerns with these trustees, their conduct and how they got to the positions they are in. They have little or no accountability to anybody but themselves.
“They have not complied with the rules of the NFL and I am uncomfortable with the way they have handled my brother’s affairs. I know what his wishes were, and these individuals are definitely not following them.”
“We have not seen this lawsuit and first learned of it through a media report tonight,” said Dan Reilly, legal counsel for the Pat Bowlen Trust.
“Although we are currently reviewing this matter, we are aware that the counsel submitting this complaint on behalf of Bill Bowlen is the same one that has been representing Beth Bowlen Wallace.
“The trustees will continue to execute Pat Bowlen’s long-standing succession plan for the Denver Broncos in compliance with all NFL ownership policies.”
Bill Bowlen accuses the trust of not implementing a long-term succession plain laid out by his brother with the goal of having one of Pat Bowlen’s children retaining control of the team.
The filing accuses the trustees of delaying Pat Bowlen’s children from assuming control of the team “in violation of their fiduciary duties.”
Bill Bowlen is seeking to remove the trustees and have an independent person appointed to serve as a conservators of Pat Bowlen’s estate.
Two of Pat Bowlen’s children have expressed interest in taking control of the team.
In May, Beth Bowlen-Wallace said publicly she wanted to succeed her father, but the trust quickly responded by saying she is “not capable or qualified at this time.”
Last week, Brittany Bowlen, 28, said she had “ambitions and goals to one day becoming the controlling owner of the Denver Broncos.”