Raiders Pre-Season Fiasco Update: Randy Hanson Will Talk To Police
Total Pro Sports – On Tuesday we told you about the incident which occurred between Raiders head coach Tom Cable and assistant Randy Hanson, when Cable allegedly attacked Hanson and broke his jaw. At the time no definitive information was available and although police were investigating the situation, it didn’t appear as though any charges would be laid because of Hanson’s refusal to speak.
My how things have changed over the past three days.
The original plan was to have the incident dealt with internally, but after being informed that he will likely be dismissed from his job, Hanson has decided to speak to police regarding what happened on August 5th. In the meantime, details have begun to leak out, and the National Football Post has it:
The alleged assault took place Aug. 5 after Cable informed Hanson he would no longer be involved with coaching defensive backs on the field and would be relegated to film work, the source said. Cable had been working to reduce Hanson’s role for months, the source said. Cable said that Hanson had been confusing the Raiders’ defensive backs, and Cable held a closed-door meeting with the cornerbacks and safeties and just himself. That led to a meeting between Cable and Hanson in Hanson’s room, and later a meeting with coaches after Cable had instructed Hanson not to come to practice.
In the meeting among coaches that included Cable, defensive coordinator John Marshall, defensive backs coach Lionel Washington and assistant defensive backs coach Willie Brown, Cable allegedly came at Hanson from behind as he was verbally contesting what Marshall had said.
According to the source, Cable knocked Hanson out of his chair and up against the wall and into a cabinet. Cable and Hanson fell to the floor, where Hanson was choked, the source said, and Cable was pulled off Hanson by the other men before Cable went after Hanson again. [National Football Post]
Reports indicate that later Hanson was told by Cable he would no longer be allowed to coach on the field or travel with the team. As a result, he left camp and awaited word from Al Davis, who was away resolving the Lane Kiffin issue in New York. Davis would eventually speak to Hanson:
Hanson met with Davis on Saturday at the club’s headquarters for an hour. Davis told him he could not undermine Cable and allow Hanson to return to his position as a coach, the source said. Davis offered him three alternatives: join the team’s pro personnel department, handle the film tasks Cable had already laid out for him or have Davis honor the remainder of Hanson’s contract and he would not have to work. Hanson told Davis he did not like any of the options. Davis called Hanson on Sunday, and Hanson reiterated he was not interested in any of the three possibilities, and Hanson hung up the phone on Davis, the source said. [National Football Post]
It is now expected that police will be informed of what really went down between Hanson and Cable. This is bad news for the current Raiders head coach, as Hanson’s broken jaw opens the door for the possibility of felony charges to be laid.
There are many things that need to be addressed on the field in Oakland, but don’t expect Cable to be the one attending to them. It appears as though he will have some court dates to look forward too in the near future, and if the judicial system doesn’t get him, you can bet NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will.
Hat Tip – [National Football Post]