Sunday, October 11, 2009
Assistant: Raiders' Cable blindsided him
ESPN.com news services
Randy Hanson, the ousted Raiders defensive assistant coach who has accused Tom Cable of viciously breaking his jaw in an assault, says the Oakland coach attacked him when he wasn't looking and that he had "no reason to believe he wouldn't have killed me" if others hadn't pulled Cable away.
"From my blind side, Tom Cable threw me from my chair and into a piece of furniture that a lamp sat upon," Hanson told Yahoo! Sports of the alleged Aug. 5 incident. "He was screaming, 'I'll [expletive] kill you! I'll [expletive] 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."
Cable has denied the allegations and said last week that he would not comment on recent reports that commissioner Roger Goodell wanted to discuss the situation.
Cable says he'll let the legal process play out and that the reports have not been a distraction for him as he focuses on his job.
Goodell told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the league will speak to the coach when the appropriate time comes. He says the league wants to make sure it understands all the facts of the case before commenting.
According to the Yahoo! Sports report, Hanson, who is still being paid by the Raiders but has been barred from the team's facilities, said he had correctly predicted the day before the alleged incident that Cable would emerge from a meeting with defensive backs and say they blamed him for their struggles.
"You know what's gonna happen there," Hanson said in recalling a conversation he had with several members of the Raiders' coaching staff. "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."
The Raiders declined requests Saturday by Yahoo! Sports to respond to Hanson's version of events.
According to police in Napa, Calif., their investigation of the incident has been concluded and sent to the DA's office.
"We are taking this very seriously," Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein said last week, adding that there is no timetable on when the review will be completed.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.