08/05/09 – This story comes to us thanks to a local Bay Area “role model”, Tom Cable. For those who don’t recognize the name, Mr. Cable is the latest Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders. Over the summer at their practice facility in Napa, Tom allegedly felt it would be appropriate to punch an assistant, Randy Hanson, in the face during a meeting. Hanson reportedly suffered either a broken jaw or cheek bone, the actual result of the assault is still unconfirmed. As you can see the story is not exactly cut and dry, so allow me provide a little more background on the he-said-she-said situation.
Oh, and I promised to go easy on the Raider jokes, not because I have several buddies who are Raider fans but more because I know Cable must live within an hour’s drive of my house, and that’s way too close.
Remember the Napa Police Dept. is still investigating the assault from August 5th, so nothing is official at this point. The initial investigation was delayed because Hanson, a defensive assistant, was not cooperating at the time. Hanson stuck with the claim that he was hurt when his face hit a cabinet after the chair he was sitting in was flipped over by Cable at the team’s training camp facility in Napa. However, the case was re-opened and Hanson is now working authorities after being told by owner Al Davis that he would not get his old job back. Suddenly his face hurts a lot more, probably feels a little like the way Al’s face looks, actually.
Then there is Cable’s side of the story. He told former college teammate and current ESPN NFL Analyst Mark Schlereth that nothing happened, and that this was an internal matter. Apparently the report from Chris Mortensen at ESPN that said Cable attacked Hanson after the assistant verbally contested something defensive coordinator John Marshall had said was totally false. He doesn’t seem to be brushing anything under the rug, does he?
The story I liked the best? The National Football Post reported on Thursday August 20th that Cable choked Hanson during the confrontation and threatened to kill Hanson. The NFP also reported that the attack happened after Cable told Hanson he was being relegated from an on-field coach with defensive backs to breaking down film. I also love how the Napa Police won’t release names but the NFP has no problem with it. By the way that sounds like a fun meeting room, all kinds of action and you could really feel the love, can’t you? How do you spell dysfun… nevermind.
So after further review I will reserve my own opinion until responsibility is either taken or given here. Mr. Cable you can rest for now. But believe me: I’ll be back to this post when the time comes. And nothing is sacred!
http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Breaking-Raiders-coach-injured-in-altercation.html National Football Post
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4513485 ESPN’s latest update