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by: JamieD On  Tuesday, August 18, 2009

tom-cable-randy-hansonTotal Pro Sports – It may only be training camp, but it is never too early for the Oakland Raiders to begin asserting themselves (once again) as the NFL’s most dysfunctional franchise.  So how do you make such a mark before even playing a single game?

Coach Fight!  Well I guess it isn’t really much of a fight when only one person is throwing the punches.

Reports are now surfacing that an altercation occurred between Raiders head coach Tom Cable and assistant Randy Hanson, leaving the latter with a fractured jaw.  The incident took place on August 5th, and while no one is completely aware of the story in its entirety, word has leaked from sources around the team that Hanson was in the middle of a conversation with defensive coordinator John Marshall when he received the unexpected punch to the jaw from Cable.

Hanson was taken to the hospital for x-rays, which showed he had sustained a fracture in his jaw.  As part of hospital policy, police were contacted, but Hanson refused to release any names or information to them.  Napa Police Lt. Brian McGovern had the following to say:

“The victim didn’t even want any police action taken, but we were following hospital policy that authorities be contacted in cases where there may have been an assault.”

“…unless we are re-contacted by the victim, and the victim changes their mind that they want us to follow through and pursue an investigation. At this point we’re not doing anything else with it.” [FanHouse]

When asked to speak about the altercation, Cable responded by stating “it’s an internal issue, I’m not going to comment on that.”

We have seen this type of aggressive nature from coaches of all sports before, but even on the soccer pitch it has been directed towards players of the other team, rather than one of their own.

This news is not as surprising as it should be considering it is coming out of Oakland and involves Hanson, who last year was suspended by their coach at the time, Lane Kiffin, after openly questioning the Raiders game plan following their season opening loss to the Denver Broncos.

As Cable stepped onto the practice field yesterday, players began chanting “Cable, Bumaye,” referring to the chant made popular boxing fans when Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman during their “Rumble in the Jungle.”

First they go off the board drafting Darrius Heyward-Bey ahead of Michael Crabtree, and now this.  I Guess we should expect much of the same from the Raiders this season.

Hat Tip – [FanHouse]





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