Raiders call reported coach assault internal matter

August, 17, 2009
8/17/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Oakland Raiders described a reported assault of an assistant coach by another member of the staff as "an internal matter."

The National Football Post reported that Oakland defensive assistant Randy Hanson suffered a jaw injury after an altercation with a fellow coaching staff member Aug. 5 at the Raiders' training camp facility.

The report said, according to a police report, that Hanson declined to name the suspect. The police were called when Hanson went to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. The report said if Hanson's jaw is broken, it could become a felony assault charge. Police, according to the report, have not followed up with the Raiders on the incident.

When contacted by ESPN.com Monday, Raiders senior executive John Herrera said, "This is an internal matter and we will handle it as such."

Oakland coach Tom Cable will address the media after Monday afternoon's practice. An NFL spokesman told the Web site that the league will look into the matter.

Hanson was suspended last year by former coach Lane Kiffin after reportedly making disparaging comments after the Raiders were routed by Denver in the season opener.

Oakland has enjoyed a relatively calm offseason and training camp. This, however, could become a distraction for the team.

UPDATE: It is being reported that Oakland coach Tom Cable was the staff member who punched Hanson. Cable will address the media after Oakland's practice Monday at approximately 8:30 p.m. We should know a lot more about the percolating situation then.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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