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Report: Hanson
Breaks Silence

Former Raiders defensive assistant coach Randy Hanson reportedly said that coach Tom Cable blindsided him and threatened to kill him during the Aug. 5 incident in which Hanson said Cable broke his jaw.

"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. "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."

The Web site posted the story Oct. 11.

Hanson, who reportedly is still being paid by the Raiders organization, had not previously made public comments about the alleged incident that took place in a meeting room at the Marriott-Napa Valley during Raiders training camp. Yahoo! Sports later reported that Hanson also sustained two cracked teeth during the alleged incident.

Cable reportedly has denied the allegations.

On Oct. 14, reported that "the three assistants (coaches John Marshall, Willie Brown and Lionel Washington) did not corroborate Hanson's story, and that as a result charges are not expected to be filed against Cable."

On Oct. 15, Hanson told Yahoo! Sports:

"I will take a lie detector test and a drug test, and I will pay for it – and I’ll pay for Tom Cable to take those tests as well."

Yahoo! Sports also reported that Hanson is scheduled for a second interview with the Napa police.

Hanson's attorney, John McQuinn, told Yahoo! Sports that Hanson plans to sue Cable regardless of whether there are charges filed against Cable.

Following Oakland's 13-9 win over Philadelphia on Oct. 18, Cable told reporters:

"You live in America for a reason. The (legal) process will take care of itself with that other stuff. Enough said."

Though McGuinn reportedly called the incident "a textbook case of assault," Napa County district attorney Gary Lieberstein is still reviewing the investigation to determine whether to file charges against Cable.

Commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly said that the NFL plans to speak to Cable about the alleged incident.

Following Oakland's 44-7 loss to the host New York Giants on Oct. 11, Cable told reporters when asked about Hanson's decision to go public:

“I respect the fact that you have to ask the question. I don’t know why he would do that, but the process will take care of it.”

Cable reportedly also said he did not meet with NFL commissioner Goodell during the Raiders’ stay near the league’s New York office.

Contributing: Yahoo! Sports &
Contra Costa Times

Updated: 10-19-2009


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