View Full Version : Tom Cable Tried to Kill Assistant Coach Hanson

10-11-2009, 02:28 AM
Hanson: My life was threatened by Cable

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – When Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable told his assistants after a sloppy Aug. 4 training-camp practice that he planned to meet privately that night with the team’s defensive backs, Randy Hanson was sure how things would play out.

“You know what’s gonna happen there,” Hanson, a defensive assistant who had worked closely with the team’s secondary, predicted to a small group of fellow staff members. “Tom’s gonna come out of the meeting and say I’m the problem, that I’m the one confusing them and blame it all on me.”

Hanson was right: Later that night, Cable informed him that the Raiders’ cornerbacks and safeties had pegged him as “the problem,” exacerbating the tension that Hanson says had been festering between the two coaches since January, when Hanson was hired by owner Al Davis before Cable had been offered a permanent head-coaching role.
More From Michael Silver

* Discarded Dawkins becomes Denver treasure Oct 9, 2009
* Coordinators not always worthy to lead again Oct 6, 2009


Photo Hanson joined the Raiders staff in 2007.
(NFL Photos/Getty)

What Hanson says he never saw coming was an alleged violent attack by Cable the following morning that left him with a fractured jaw and a polluted relationship with the franchise he has loved since childhood.

“From my blindside, Tom Cable threw me from my chair and into a piece of furniture that a lamp sat upon,” Hanson told Yahoo! Sports Friday during an extensive interview at a Bay Area restaurant. “He was screaming, ‘I’ll f——- kill you! I’ll f——- kill you!’ And I have no reason to believe he wouldn’t have killed me if they hadn’t pulled him away.

“If my head would’ve hit a different way, I might be dead right now.”

In his first public comments since the Aug. 5 incident that took place in a meeting room at the Marriott-Napa Valley, Hanson repeated the version of events that he gave to a Napa Police Department detective late last month. According to a source close to the investigation, three witnesses – Raiders defensive coordinator John Marshall, defensive backs coach Lionel Washington and assistant defensive backs coach Willie Brown – also provided statements to police investigators which corroborated Hanson’s account of the incident.

The two-month investigation is now under review by Napa County district attorney Gary Lieberstein, who could decide to file felony assault charges against Cable. Hanson’s San Francisco-based attorney, John McGuinn, told AOL FanHouse last week that “this really is a textbook case of felony assault.” Cable, who has reportedly retained a criminal defense attorney, could be seeking a plea deal that might allow him to avoid jail time.

Cable may also face discipline under the NFL’s personal conduct policy. According to Greg Aiello, the league’s senior vice president of public relations, commissioner Roger Goodell did not meet with Cable this weekend during the team’s visit to New Jersey – the 1-3 Raiders face the New York Giants on Sunday – and no meeting is currently planned. However, Goodell acknowledged earlier during the week that the league is “closely monitoring the case.”

The Raiders did not respond to requests Saturday by Yahoo! Sports to speak with Davis, Cable and Marshall, and separate phone calls to Washington and Brown were not returned. Reached Saturday night by phone, Marshall confirmed he had been interviewed by a Napa Police officer and said, “I can’t talk about any of this.”

Cable has previously denied attacking Hanson, claiming in an Aug. 18 interview following a training-camp practice that “nothing happened” and later insisting that “when the facts come out, everything will be fine.”

Hanson, 41, who is still getting paid by the Raiders, says he never wanted the incident to be publicized and sent a letter to the organization saying he would accept a reassignment of duties to avoid being a distraction to the team. A fervent Raiders fan since his days growing up in western Washington’s Skagit Valley, Hanson said he still roots for the team – he showed up for Friday’s interview wearing a thick, black shirt with a silver “Raiders” logo.

Though it has been suggested that Hanson was a snitch for Davis who reported to the owner about the behavior of his fellow coaches, he adamantly denied that depiction. However, Hanson conceded that Cable “might have been paranoid about my relationship with Mr. Davis because I was hired by him.”

Known for his intense work ethic and aptitude in breaking down opponents’ tendencies, Hanson was a highly regarded offensive assistant during a three-year stint with the Minnesota Vikings from 2003 to 2005.

“Randy Hanson’s a great coach,” said former Vikings center Matt Birk(notes), a perennial Pro Bowl selection now with the Baltimore Ravens. “He would break down opposing defenses for us, and he was outstanding. He’s an extremely hard worker. That used to be the joke – he never stopped. He’d sleep in the office and watch every bit of tape he could find.”

Added former Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson(notes): “I really enjoyed being around him. He brought a lot of flavor to the room and to the field, and I thought he had a lot of insights into game plans.”

After spending the ’06 season with the St. Louis Rams, Hanson was let out of his contract to join first-year coach Lane Kiffin’s Oakland staff because, he says, then Rams-coach Scott Linehan was aware of his devotion to the Raiders. In Oakland, he worked as an assistant secondary coach in charge of third-down defenses and impressed his fellow coaches with his knowledge of opposing offenses and his ability to convey his insights to the players.

“He knows what the opposing team’s gonna do before they know what they’re gonna do,” said one former Raiders assistant who worked closely with Hanson. “That’s how much tape he watches. And he’s a damn good football coach, too.”

After making some disparaging locker-room comments about the Raiders’ preparation following the team’s 41-14 defeat to the Denver Broncos at the start of the 2008 season, Hanson received a five-day suspension for insubordination from Kiffin, who did not inform Davis of his action. The owner cited this as one of many reasons for Kiffin’s dismissal during a press conference last Oct. 1 to announce the firing.

Shortly after Cable was named interim coach, Hanson claims Cable told him in a staff meeting, “If I could fire you, I would.”

Following the ’08 season Cable told his assistants that he would meet with each of them to discuss their futures with the team should he be hired as the permanent coach. According to Hanson, however, Cable “met with every guy but me.”

On Jan. 20, Hanson had what he said was his first-ever “one-on-one, face-to-face meeting” with the owner. In what was supposed to be a 15-minute session to address Hanson’s prospects of remaining with the team, the coach apparently wowed the owner with his grasp of football and with his knowledge of Raiders history.

“We met for more than two-and-a-half hours,” Hanson recalled. “At the start of the meeting, he said, ‘I know you’re a hard worker and you love the Raiders, but I don’t know what you do that helps this football team. I do not know if you can coach or not.’ By the end he had given me a raise and told me he wanted me to stay on as ‘assistant coach-defense.’ My role would be to teach the new defensive coaches what we did on defense last year so they’ll know some of the things I like. He also said he wanted to groom me on the personnel side. He said he wanted me to play an important role in the future of the organization.”

At the conclusion of the meeting, Hanson was asked by Davis whether he thought Cable would be a good choice as head coach. “I told Mr. Davis yes,” Hanson recalled. “He won his last two games, and I felt like he deserved a chance.”

However, after Cable was officially hired in early February, Hanson quickly began to suspect that the head coach did not share the owner’s enthusiasm for his new role.

First Cable, at the press conference announcing his hiring, laid out his staff for reporters without mentioning Hanson. The following day, according to Hanson, Cable told him that he had just had a phone conversation with Davis in which the owner had described Hanson as a quality-control coach, a much less prestigious post with mostly administrative responsibilities.

Recalled Hanson: “Tom said, ‘Don’t worry – I’m not going to do that to you. I’ll make you a defensive assistant.’ Tom demoted me, and I became the league’s highest-paid defensive assistant.”

The slights continued over the spring. Hanson was told by Cable’s assistant not to accompany the rest of the staff to the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, and he ended up being given duties similar to that of a secretary. Hanson wasn’t invited to several staff functions, including a post-draft party and a trip to an Oakland A’s game.

At a post-draft minicamp for rookies and free agents, Hanson said Cable “belittled” him in the process of introducing staff members to the players by implying that he was an assistant quality-control coach.

Shortly before training camp, Davis grilled Marshall, the team’s new defensive coordinator, during a meeting. As Marshall struggled to answer a question from the owner, Hanson assisted the veteran coach by giving hand signals from the back of the room. Cable, Hanson said, seemed to have been angered by his actions.

The tension escalated early in training camp as Cable decided to split the team into two units and conduct side-by-side practices for the first four days. That meant Hanson and Washington coached on separate fields for the first eight practices, which exacerbated the coaches’ confusion over a new blitz scheme that they were trying to teach the players.

“We had changed the blitz package two or three times over a short period, and everybody was really confused and frustrated,” Hanson said. “We ended up changing it a fourth time – back to the way it was in OTAs (organized team activities) – and one of the players said in a meeting, ‘This is confusing.’ I said, ‘You guys are [f——-] right – we’re all confused, and that includes the coaches. We’ve got to get on the same page. Don’t worry. We’ll get it right.’ ”

On the evening of Aug. 4, the Raiders conducted a traditional, full-team practice in Napa that, Hanson said, “wasn’t one of our best.” After Hanson predicted that he would be blamed for the defensive problems, the other coaches told him he was being paranoid. Cable, following a 45-minute session with the defensive backs, summoned Brown, Washington and Hanson to an outside patio area and told Hanson, “They don’t want you in there.”

Cable told Hanson he wasn’t sure how he planned to remedy the situation and would get back to him in a couple of hours. Hanson then told his fellow assistants, “If The Man [Davis] calls you about this, tell the truth” – a statement he believes may have gotten back to Cable and increased his ire.

“If Tom knew that I had called what was going to happen, and if he thought I had talked to Mr. Davis about it, maybe he thought his cover had been blown and his plan had been thwarted,” Hanson said.

Cable never got back to Hanson that night, and the next morning he told the assistant not to come out to practice. Afterward, Hanson was summoned to a small conference room for a conversation with Cable. Hanson sat at a small rectangular table while Cable stood near the door.

Recalled Hanson: “Tom said, ‘Randy, tell me, why would these players say these things about you and not want you around them?’ I said, ‘Tom, they didn’t come to you; you went in there and created a problem. If this is true, how come I’ve never heard of this from any of the other coaches?’ He said, ‘And that’s what pisses me off – that these guys would keep this from me. I’m gonna bring ‘em in.”

At that point, Hanson said, Marshall, Washington and Brown were summoned to the room and took seats at the table. Hanson said that when questioned by Cable both Washington and Brown stuck up for his abilities.

Then, Hanson recalled, “John said, ‘Well, Tom, Randy’s been great. He knows this stuff and has been a big help for me. But I’ve been coaching for 30 years in the NFL, and when a player comes to a coach with a problem about an assistant, you’ve got to get him off the field. And I have told Randy on several occasions, ‘Don’t confuse the players.’ ”

At that point, Hanson continued, “I said, ‘John, I’m so disappointed. That’s a lie.’ From the side I heard Tom scream, ‘That’s bulls—-,’ and before I knew it Tom had blindsided me.”

Hanson said he lay on the floor, dazed, as Cable told him to “Get the f—- up.” Marshall helped him back into his chair, at which point Cable said, “I’m not gonna let you ruin my football team. If you want to be on my team, you are gonna be off the field, and you’re gonna do all the quality-control work, but you’re not to be around those f——- players. Do you accept the position?”

Recalled Hanson, “Willie was gesturing to me, ‘Just say yes,’ because he probably was worn out from pulling Tom away twice before.”

Hanson told Cable he needed time to consider the request, and Cable said, “I’ll come back to you in a couple of hours for an answer.” After going back to his room, Hanson said, he received a call from a Raiders defensive back who had heard about the incident. “He told me that what Tom said had happened in that meeting wasn’t the way it went down,” Hanson said. “It was nothing like what Tom said occurred, and several players later told me the same thing.”

“From my blindside, Tom Cable threw me from my chair and into a piece of furniture that a lamp sat upon. He was screaming, ‘I’ll f——- kill you! I’ll f——- kill you!’ And I have no reason to believe he wouldn’t have killed me if they hadn’t pulled him away.”

– Randy Hanson

Not wanting news of the incident to leak and embarrassed to be seen because of his swollen face, Hanson stayed in his room until late that night, when the pain became pronounced. Early Wednesday morning Hanson went to the emergency room at Queen of the Valley hospital in Napa, where he was given X-rays. Hospital officials, as required by law, informed the Napa Police that Hanson had said he’d suffered the injury in an assault, and an officer later arrived to question him.

“I downplayed the whole thing and didn’t give them any names,” Hanson said. “The last thing I wanted was publicity. I said, ‘You know what the message is? The Raiders are back.’ ”

The next day Hanson received a call from a hospital employee telling him he had a fractured upper left jawbone; he also suffered two cracked teeth, a bruised knee and a bruised back. He returned to his home in Livermore and tried to communicate with Cable, but the coach never contacted him.

Davis had been out of town at the time of the incident – he was on the East Coast giving a deposition to a lawyer for Kiffin, who is challenging the owner’s decision not to pay him the balance of his contract. He did not meet with Hanson until Aug. 16, 11 days after the incident.

At that meeting, Hanson said, Davis told him he’d be a distraction to the team if he were allowed to return to his former role and that such a move would be seen as Davis undermining his head coach. Davis gave Hanson three choices: Move over to the personnel side; accept Cable’s proposal to perform quality-control duties while staying away from the players; or receive the balance of his contract (which runs through the 2010 season) without returning to the organization.

“You’re Tuck-Ruling me,” Hanson told Davis, comparing the perceived injustice to the controversial replay reversal that cost the Raiders a victory over the New England Patriots in the 2001 playoffs.

Yet despite his frustration, Hanson has remained loyal to the organization. Late last month McGuinn, his attorney, told NFL.com that several Raiders players had solicited Hanson’s input about upcoming opponents, with one even giving him a team laptop that used to belong to Brown. “Al Davis doesn’t know [Hanson has] been providing detailed coaching for these guys, and Randy has not gotten any credit for it,” McGuinn told the league’s website.

A source said one Raiders assistant has also reached out to Hanson in recent weeks. Hanson declined to comment about any help he might have provided to players or others in the organization since he was barred from visiting the team’s facility.

After holding out for more than seven weeks, Hanson finally gave a 90-minute interview to Napa Police detective Mike Walund on Sept. 26 during which he turned over medical records. While Hanson is not sure what will happen next – “That’s in the police’s hands,” he said – he can’t help but root for the Raiders on Sundays.

“I watch every game,” Hanson said. “I want them to win. Once a Raider, always a Raider.”

Asked whether he plans to sue Cable and/or the organization, Hanson said, “I wish this had never happened. I was hoping it wouldn’t get to this point. But sometimes you’ve got to be a Raider, too. I mean, if he were in my situation, what would Mr. Davis do?”


10-11-2009, 02:58 AM
This guy turned down another coaching job to coach the Raiders.

10-11-2009, 02:59 AM
It sounds like a Banana Republic.

But sometimes you’ve got to be a Raider, too. I mean, if he were in my situation, what would Mr. Davis do?”

10-11-2009, 03:02 AM
Nothing in this article is cheeky fun shenanigans...but instead is full of sad and cruel shenanigans...really...not shenanigans at all...but nefariousisms...


Los Broncos
10-11-2009, 03:31 AM
Must be something in the water up there, what a ****ing joke of a franchise.

10-11-2009, 04:08 AM
I hope Cable goes to jail. That dumbass never deserved to be a NFL HC anyways.

10-11-2009, 04:41 AM
Send Cable to jail, he can coach from there.

10-11-2009, 07:17 AM
Jesus tap dancing christ is this a organization in the largest professional sports league in the world or some gang in Sing Sing... Brings shame on the entire league, especially when we say the players are the problem and that they need to shape up. Here is the "professional staff" creating the problem.

I hope this doesn't spread or the very success the league has created for itself over the past 20 years will erode/decay when people get sick of it.

10-11-2009, 07:41 AM
Send Cable to jail, he can coach from there.

Well, he'd at least be in the company of the team's fans and probably a handful of next year's players.

10-11-2009, 08:21 AM
wow, just wow...

10-11-2009, 08:38 AM
i love to laugh at the raiders pain. but this is just not funny, he could have killed that man.
this is gonna set that team back greatly because they'll need yet another new HC.

10-11-2009, 08:59 AM
"Shortly before training camp, Davis grilled Marshall, the team’s new defensive coordinator, during a meeting. As Marshall struggled to answer a question from the owner, Hanson assisted the veteran coach by giving hand signals from the back of the room. Cable, Hanson said, seemed to have been angered by his actions."

This part is especially entertaining.

10-11-2009, 09:25 AM
What a disgrace for the Raiders...
It's quite possible Cable might end up in jail
I think that because of the nature of the situation, the police is being careful about arresting Cable yet.

Once they have collected all irrefutable evidence, wouldn't be funny as hell if the cops had an order for his arrest and go to a game to make the arrest from the sidelines while Cable is coaching a game? :rofl:

Garcia Bronco
10-11-2009, 10:04 AM
I am sure Cable attacked him for no reason at all. Throw both of them in jail.

10-11-2009, 10:15 AM
I feel bad for this kid Hanson.

10-11-2009, 10:29 AM
I say let Hanson hit Cable over the head with a chair at halftime. Watch 50000 retarded raider fans go nuts. Problem solved.

10-11-2009, 10:33 AM
Send Cable to jail, he can coach from there.

Or build the futue roster for the fade:wiggle:

10-11-2009, 10:35 AM
Why hasn't Cable been arrested yet?

Because Der Governator had to furlough all the police. ;D

I love this part:
Davis had been out of town at the time of the incident – he was on the East Coast giving a deposition to a lawyer for Kiffin, who is challenging the owner’s decision not to pay him the balance of his contract. He did not meet with Hanson until Aug. 16, 11 days after the incident. :rofl:

10-11-2009, 10:38 AM
I think Cable is a freaking psycho. But I also think Hanson comes off like a little bitch.

10-11-2009, 10:47 AM
the raiders are turning into OZ the hbo prison series i swear

10-11-2009, 10:50 AM
Cable gave the Broncos lots of props when we beat them to open his presser. Not many Raiders coaches do that.

10-11-2009, 10:51 AM
We should expect a lot more fireworks out of Oakland in the coming weeks ... because until and unless Jamarcus gives a damn, they're gonna keep losing and losing and losing.

10-11-2009, 11:29 AM
I would think that he would kill the GM first, then the QB coach. This is way Cable will fail, he is trying to kill the wrong guys.

10-11-2009, 01:44 PM
I would love to hear Cable's side of the story of what went down in those meetings.

10-16-2009, 12:52 AM
Hanson responds, offers to take lie detector test

By Michael Silver (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/expertsarchive;_ylt=ApV98HHvTxz_S3V8F4RkSCQZc9AF?a uthor=Michael+Silver) and Jason Cole (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/expertsarchive;_ylt=AvYdETxyUzTWEBWivFatBVcZc9AF?a uthor=Jason+Cole), Yahoo! Sports 1 hour, 40 minutes ago

<form method="post" action="http://buzz.yahoo.com/vote/" class="buzz" id="buzz-toolbar"> <input name="publisherurn" value="y_sports" type="hidden"> <input name="guid" value="urn:newsml:sports.yahoo,yhoo:20050301:nfl,article, ys-hansoncable101509:1" type="hidden"> <input name=".done" value="/article/y_sports/urn:newsml:sports.yahoo,yhoo:20050301:nfl,article, ys-hansoncable101509:1" type="hidden"> <input name="assettype" value="article" type="hidden"> <input name="votetype" value="1" type="hidden"> <input name="from" value="orion" type="hidden"> <input name="key" value="b9853" type="hidden"> <input name=".crumb" value="3Q5ZRItk.L8" type="hidden"> <input name="logged" value="0" type="hidden"> <button type="submit">Buzz up! 1</button> </form> <script type="text/javascript">YAHOO.util.Event.addListener( window, "load", function() { setTimeout(function(){ var buzz = new YAHOO.Media.Buzz("buzz-toolbar",{"sync":["buzz-tools"],"showCount":true,"countPosition":"inside","fetchCount":false,"loc_strings":{"buzz_up":"Buzz up!","buzzed":"Buzzed!","one_vote":"{0} vote","n_votes":"{0} votes"}});buzz.onSuccess.subscribe(function(){ if(YAHOO.Updates){ YAHOO.Updates.Disclosure.showDialog({"container":"yup-container","source":"buzz","type":"buzzUp","lang":"en-US"}); } }); }, 15); });</script>
Print (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AiI7SNWIC9f0JZ5VdZcrn.EZc9AF?slug=ys-hansoncable101509&prov=yhoo&type=lgns&print=1)

Follow Michael Silver at Mogotxt (http://us.lrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=As3CiuzPxtRsi9K8YhCVQ7YZc9AF/SIG=11gd9bdfc/**http%3A//www.mogotxt.com/mogotxt/p_silver.php) and Twitter (http://us.lrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=AsmUHyYHb3LBKBs0rMvsDKAZc9AF/SIG=116k982du/**http%3A//twitter.com/RealMikeSilver).
Beleaguered and injured Oakland Raiders (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/oak/;_ylt=Aiy6KXmQc_iHYOhIqxZQCSIZc9AF) assistant coach Randy Hanson and his lawyer reacted strongly Thursday to a report that witnesses did not corroborate his claim that he was assaulted by head coach Tom Cable in August.
Hanson, who suffered a broken jaw and two cracked teeth during the alleged Aug. 5 incident, went so far as to offer to take a lie detector test and offered to pay for Cable to take one himself. Hanson has also agreed to be interviewed a second time next week by Napa, Calif., police investigating the incident.
<!-- {PHOTO BEGINS} -->
<table class="ad_slug_table" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td align="center">ADVERTISEMENT
<!--Vendor: Doubleclick, Format: IFRAME --> <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript"> var ran = Number(new Date()) + Math.floor(Math.random() * 9999999999);var ad_content ='<IFRAME SRC="http://ad.doubleclick.net/adi/N3220.no_url_specifiedOX2562/B3887537.16;sz=160x600;dcopt=rcl;mtfIFPath=nofile; click=http://us.ard.yahoo.com/SIG=15o6irt01/M=750440.13717606.13757471.1323516/D=sports/S=97547033:SKY/_ylt=ArEstbP_ElIc9DpDllunWrAZc9AF/Y=YAHOO/EXP=1255682838/L=oKFN7ELEah7Yz63oStJsmhixRCO5Q0rYFvYAAtHR/B=.2xNANG_Rus-/J=1255675638234533/K=xUqy57SX17HWXetkNqtPAg/A=5883525/R=0/*;ord=' + ran + '?" WIDTH=160 HEIGHT=600 MARGINWIDTH=0 MARGINHEIGHT=0 HSPACE=0 VSPACE=0 FRAMEBORDER=0 SCROLLING=no BORDERCOLOR="#000000"> <SCRIPT language="JavaScript1.1" src="http://ad.doubleclick.net/adj/N3220.no_url_specifiedOX2562/B3887537.16;abr=!ie;sz=160x600;click=http://us.ard.yahoo.com/SIG=15o6irt01/M=750440.13717606.13757471.1323516/D=sports/S=97547033:SKY/_ylt=ArEstbP_ElIc9DpDllunWrAZc9AF/Y=YAHOO/EXP=1255682838/L=oKFN7ELEah7Yz63oStJsmhixRCO5Q0rYFvYAAtHR/B=.2xNANG_Rus-/J=1255675638234533/K=xUqy57SX17HWXetkNqtPAg/A=5883525/R=1/*;dcopt=rcl;mtfIFPath=nofile;ord=' + ran + '"> <\/SCRIPT> <NOSCRIPT> http://ad.doubleclick.net/ad/N3220.no_url_specifiedOX2562/B3887537.16;abr=!ie4;abr=!ie5;sz=160x600;ord=' + ran + '? </NOSCRIPT> </IFRAME>'; document.write(ad_content); </script><iframe src="http://ad.doubleclick.net/adi/N3220.no_url_specifiedOX2562/B3887537.16;sz=160x600;dcopt=rcl;mtfIFPath=nofile; click=http://us.ard.yahoo.com/SIG=15o6irt01/M=750440.13717606.13757471.1323516/D=sports/S=97547033:SKY/_ylt=ArEstbP_ElIc9DpDllunWrAZc9AF/Y=YAHOO/EXP=1255682838/L=oKFN7ELEah7Yz63oStJsmhixRCO5Q0rYFvYAAtHR/B=.2xNANG_Rus-/J=1255675638234533/K=xUqy57SX17HWXetkNqtPAg/A=5883525/R=0/*;ord=1259200604080?" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" hspace="0" vspace="0" bordercolor="#000000" frameborder="0" height="600" scrolling="no" width="160"> &lt;SCRIPT language="JavaScript1.1" src="http://ad.doubleclick.net/adj/N3220.no_url_specifiedOX2562/B3887537.16;abr=!ie;sz=160x600;click=http://us.ard.yahoo.com/SIG=15o6irt01/M=750440.13717606.13757471.1323516/D=sports/S=97547033:SKY/_ylt=ArEstbP_ElIc9DpDllunWrAZc9AF/Y=YAHOO/EXP=1255682838/L=oKFN7ELEah7Yz63oStJsmhixRCO5Q0rYFvYAAtHR/B=.2xNANG_Rus-/J=1255675638234533/K=xUqy57SX17HWXetkNqtPAg/A=5883525/R=1/*;dcopt=rcl;mtfIFPath=nofile;ord=1259200604080"&gt; &lt;/SCRIPT&gt; &lt;NOSCRIPT&gt; &lt;A HREF="http://us.ard.yahoo.com/SIG=15o6irt01/M=750440.13717606.13757471.1323516/D=sports/S=97547033:SKY/_ylt=ArEstbP_ElIc9DpDllunWrAZc9AF/Y=YAHOO/EXP=1255682838/L=oKFN7ELEah7Yz63oStJsmhixRCO5Q0rYFvYAAtHR/B=.2xNANG_Rus-/J=1255675638234533/K=xUqy57SX17HWXetkNqtPAg/A=5883525/R=2/SIG=13boe1adn/*http://ad.doubleclick.net/jump/N3220.no_url_specifiedOX2562/B3887537.16;abr=!ie4;abr=!ie5;sz=160x600;ord=12592 00604080?"&gt; &lt;IMG SRC="http://ad.doubleclick.net/ad/N3220.no_url_specifiedOX2562/B3887537.16;abr=!ie4;abr=!ie5;sz=160x600;ord=12592 00604080?" BORDER=0 WIDTH=160 HEIGHT=600 ALT="" TITLE=""&gt;&lt;/A&gt; &lt;/NOSCRIPT&gt; </iframe> </td></tr></tbody></table><script language="javascript"> if(window.yzq_d==null)window.yzq_d=new Object(); window.yzq_d['.2xNANG_Rus-']='&U=13e7olvg1%2fN%3d.2xNANG_Rus-%2fC%3d750440.13717606.13757471.1323516%2fD%3dSKY% 2fB%3d5883525%2fV%3d1'; </script><noscript>http://us.bc.yahoo.com/b?P=oKFN7ELEah7Yz63oStJsmhixRCO5Q0rYFvYAAtHR&T=14ujjppnm%2fX%3d1255675638%2fE%3d97547033%2fR%3d sports%2fK%3d5%2fV%3d2.1%2fW%3dH%2fY%3dYAHOO%2fF%3 d673003401%2fH%3dY29udGVudD0ibGVhZ3VlPW5mbA--%2fQ%3d-1%2fS%3d1%2fJ%3dBB6BC442&U=13e7olvg1%2fN%3d.2xNANG_Rus-%2fC%3d750440.13717606.13757471.1323516%2fD%3dSKY% 2fB%3d5883525%2fV%3d1</noscript>

http://l.yimg.com/a/p/sp/tools/med/2009/10/ipt/1255227248.jpg Hanson joined the Raiders staff in 2007. (NFL Photos/Getty)

<!-- {PHOTO ENDS} -->
“I will take a lie detector test and a drug test, and I will pay for it – and I’ll pay for Tom Cable to take those tests as well,” Hanson told Yahoo! Sports on Thursday.
However, one source who talked to Yahoo! and is highly familiar with the case said that based on statements given to police by Raiders assistants Willie Brown, John Marshall and Lionel Washington, the case is “really iffy.”
“There was a touching that, under the law, might be considered not good for Cable,” the source said. “… There was a confrontation. Hanson tumbled over. … Part of the issue is, what does ‘push’ mean. Somebody invaded his space. It’s real weak. No choking. No pushing him up against the wall. He grabbed him by the shirt front and yelled at him.”
The source did not have any theory as to how Hanson, who is still being paid by the franchise but currently has no active role, says he suffered a broken jaw and two cracked teeth after such an incident.
Regardless, Hanson’s attorney, John McGuinn, said that even if it were true there was only light touching by Cable and that Hanson broke his jaw after falling, “that’s still assault.”
“In fact, that’s classic assault,” McGuinn said.
Last week, Hanson gave a detailed account of the alleged attack (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=Aomy0oH.oU1H1np89ReO9.AZc9AF?slug=ms-hansonspeaks101009&prov=yhoo&type=lgns), claiming Cable threatened to kill him and providing background on why he believes the relationship between the two deteriorated to that point.
Profootballtalk.com reported on Wednesday evening “that the three assistants [coaches] did not corroborate Hanson’s story (http://us.lrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=AjUOu.TpzoawwGFrVygaQOcZc9AF/SIG=1392311kc/**http%3A//profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/10/14/charges-might-not-be-coming-in-cable-case-after-all/), and that as a result charges are not expected to be filed against Cable.” Also on Wednesday, former Raiders linebacker Bill Romanowski suggested on Bay Area radio station KNBR that Hanson was using drugs (http://us.lrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=AhOUxAgu04wOJUywUbRCQmwZc9AF/SIG=11qquf2j0/**http%3A//www.knbr.com/common/global_audio/201/13280.mp3).
McGuinn said Thursday he believes the police department and Napa County district attorney’s office are dragging their feet in the case for fear of losing the business with the Raiders, who hold their training camp in Napa each year. McGuinn also strongly indicated that Hanson plans to sue Cable regardless of whether there are charges filed against Cable.
“They are going to try to think of every excuse they can not to prosecute [Cable] because they don’t want to lose the business,” McGuinn said. “The city of Napa police department and the [county] DA’s office are dragging their feet as much as they can. If this thing would go away, they would love it. There’s no question about it.”
A source within the Napa district attorney’s office indicated that a decision on whether to file charges in the case would likely come no earlier than by the end of next week. Napa County Assistant District Attorney Lee Philipson declined to discuss the case, but requested a tape of Yahoo!’s interview with Hanson.
McGuinn further said that the request to interview Hanson again next week is another stall tactic. McGuinn said he spoke with Napa police investigator Mike Walund on Thursday. Walund declined to comment when reached by Yahoo! Hanson plans to attend the interview without an attorney present in the room.
“Randy is more than willing to cooperate. He was questioned very thoroughly and extensively the first time,” said McGuinn, claiming his client talked to the police for more than an hour on Sept. 26.
“He answered every question they had. He went back over things. There was not a page unturned. Everything was covered,” McGuinn said. “He spent some considerable time toward the end being asked why he was not willing to cooperate at first and is willing now. The reason – he had a responsibility as a citizen to let the authorities do their job. And that’s why he’s willing to go back next week. Once the police opened an investigation, he was willing to cooperate.”
McGuinn said he believes that the follow-up interview is based on Hanson’s statements from the article on Yahoo!
“Clearly, [the police] have questions about something that was in the article,” McGuinn said, adding that Hanson’s statements in the article were consistent with what he told the police in September.
Regardless of how things play out next week, McGuinn said Napa’s decision is irrelevant relative to a civil suit.
“I personally could care less whether they prosecute the case, because we don’t need the DA to prosecute this case to pursue it as a civil matter,” McGuinn said. “His case is as strong without the criminal prosecution as it is with it. [The criminal case is for] the people of the state of California. Hopefully [Napa authorities] are doing the right thing. It’s frustrating to feel that the representatives of the people of California – the county of Napa – don’t want to do that for the people.”
An NFL source said this week that the league believes that the three assistant coaches are acting like members of the “coaching fraternity,” unwilling to tell the complete truth about the situation for fear of being shunned as coaches in the future. The source said the league believes there was an assault by Cable, but is waiting to take action against the coach under the league’s personal conduct policy because he has no prior history of trouble.
If Cable is not charged, the league could be in a tough situation. The league is concerned about the appearance that it’s dragging its feet in punishing a coach after handing out punishment to numerous players over the past three years under the policy.
Don Yee, Cable’s agent, declined to comment on the matter. Cable told reporters that “nothing happened” when the incident was initially reported and has since declined to comment, saying recently that the incident has not been a distraction to the Raiders, who have gotten off to a 1-4 start and have scored less than 10 points in each of the past three games.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday that he expects a report on the incident “in the next couple weeks.” He said the league is “allowing the criminal process to go forward for some period of time” before the NFL might get involved.
Oakland owner Al Davis also refused to discuss the case while at the NFL owners meeting this week in Boston.
“No, no,” Davis said, politely.


10-16-2009, 03:05 PM
Cable gave the Broncos lots of props when we beat them to open his presser. Not many Raiders coaches do that.

maybe the juries in Napa skew toward being Broncos fans instead of Raiders fans? it's never too early for a Raider to think about jury tampering. ;)

Bronco Warrior
10-16-2009, 03:16 PM
Cable is slated to play a Convicted coach trying to put together a prison football team to scrimmage the Raiders ( the Prison team to be played by the Raiders) in a sequel to the Longer Yard!!

10-16-2009, 03:55 PM
I feel bad for this kid Hanson.

Thats what i was thinking. Just wants to win while Cable doesn't seem to give a ****...what a joke!

Bronco Yoda
10-16-2009, 09:20 PM
why is this guy not in jail yet? Incredible. If you or I had done this we'd have been in jail within a day.

10-16-2009, 09:37 PM
why is this guy not in jail yet? Incredible. If you or I had done this we'd have been in jail within a day.

High profile case. If they are seriously pursuing it, they will want to have all the facts before moving on anything. Of course it could be an instance of a celebrity case being brushed under the rug too.

10-16-2009, 10:28 PM
Send Cable to jail, he can coach from there.

God no! He might win 2 games more for the season. Such a side article and the dedication and heart this guy has for the Raiders. Dude is completely living in the past with this franchise. If he can only take off his silver and black glasses, he would see that Davis and his franchise is a shell of its former self. He should question himself why would a sane person hire someone like Cable in the first place?

10-17-2009, 09:32 AM
This looks like someone who works for Al Davis.

10-17-2009, 07:36 PM
This looks like someone who works for Al Davis.

I was gonna say something too, there is depression, and then there is this. I seriously doubt this guy remembers HOW to smile. ;)

Bronco Warrior
10-17-2009, 08:24 PM
Al Davis and Cable's work release program!

10-17-2009, 09:10 PM
Thats what i was thinking. Just wants to win while Cable doesn't seem to give a ****...what a joke!

The dude was a stoolie for Al. Kiffin suspended him and made him undergo multiple psychological evaluations. After Lane was axed....Hanson was kept on because Al insisted.

If he was on McD's staff and claimed in an open meeting that Josh didn't have the team prepared...Josh wouldn't have just suspended him...he would have been fired.

I can picture Randy Hanson as that whining, sniveling kid in school that sneaks around conniving looking for any angle to exploit.

I would have probably assaulted him too.

Finger Roll
10-17-2009, 09:20 PM
I would be afraid of that tub of lord (Cable) sitting on me too.

10-17-2009, 09:30 PM
Asked whether he plans to sue Cable and/or the organization, Hanson said, “I wish this had never happened. I was hoping it wouldn’t get to this point. But sometimes you’ve got to be a Raider, too. I mean, if he were in my situation, what would Mr. Davis do?”

What would Mr. Davis do? Well I guess we know there is a lawsuit on the horizon.