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Choked Assistant

Raiders coach Tom Cable choked defensive assistant coach Randy Hanson in an Aug. 5 altercation in Napa, Calif., according to a story Aug. 20.

Citing unnamed sources, the story also said that Hanson has retained an attorney who will turn over medical records to Napa police showing Hanson’s jaw is broken.

Talking to reporters after an Aug. 20 Raiders practice, Cable said: “We’re still going to take care of it internally. The one thing I will tell you is, when all the facts come out, everything will be fine.”

On Aug. 21, the Napa police department reportedly reopened its investigation into the alleged attack.

The story chronicled a chilling chain of events with Cable, 44, attacking Hanson, 41, from behind as Hanson was engaged in a heated conversation with defensive coordinator John Marshall at the team's Napa Valley Marriott training camp facility.

Cable reportedly knocked Hanson out of his chair, up against a wall and into a cabinet in a meeting also attended by defensive backs coaches Willie Brown and Lionel Washington.

According to the story, Cable and Hanson fell to the floor, at which point Cable choked Hanson and said, “I am going to kill you! I am going to kill you!”

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A day after the alleged attack took place, Hanson reportedly sought treatment for a jaw injury Aug. 6, which prompted the Queen of the Valley Medical Center staff to notify the Napa Police Dept. of a possible assault victim.

The police reportedly interviewed Hanson, and were told by Hanson that he had been assaulted by another member of the Raiders coaching staff. Hanson refused to divulge his attacker’s name and opted against pressing charges.

The story said that Hanson received follow-up treatment Aug. 19 near his Livermore home. The story also said that Hanson has been working at the team's headquarters in Alameda, Calif. since Aug. 5 and won't be involved as a coach.

Hanson is in his third season with the Raiders. He also spent one season with the St. Louis Cardinals and three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

Hanson reportedly was suspended last season by then Raiders coach Lane Kiffin after Hanson was critical of the team's effort in a season-opening loss to Denver. Raiders owner Al Davis intervened on Hanson's behalf and later fired Kiffin.

Updated: 08-21-2009


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