Will Cable be on the sidelines on Sat. or in jail ? LOL
We recently heard from a very good source that the decision of Raiders
defensive assistant Randy Hanson not to press charges after getting
his face broken in early August was driven by a desire to avoid
publicity and that, because publicity has now arrived, Hanson might
change his mind.
Apparently, he has.
Per Brad Biggs of NFP, Hanson has retained a lawyer and is cooperating
with police. Among other things, Hanson has provided the authorities
with medical records reflecting not that he has a broken facial bone,
but that he has a broken jaw.
According to Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports, Hanson is "back in the
hospital" due to swelling in the jaw. Citing an unnamed source close
to Hanson, Silver reports that Cable "is definitely" responsible for
the injury, and that Cable "had to be pulled off of [Hanson] two
Per Biggs, who also cites an unnamed 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, . . . and Cable
was pulled off Hanson by the other men before Cable went after Hanson
Cable allegedly said while allegedly choking Hanson, "I am going to
kill you, I am going to kill you."
In our view, it's possible that Hanson's decision to push the issue
was influenced by Cable's effort to pretend that nothing happened, as
explained on ESPN by Cable's former college teammate, Mark Schlereth:
"I talked to Tom, and he said, 'This is absolutely ridiculous. There
is no truth to any of these things that are going out and flying
around. He does not know how it has gotten to this point.' But he
basically told me, 'Listen, no punches were thrown.' Obviously, at
this time of the year, in camp, you're gonna have some heated
discussions. And that's what went down here."
Silver also details a series of other similar incidents within the
Raiders organization during recent years. As to Hanson, Silver
confirms widespread suspicision that Hanson is regarded by other
members of the coaching staff as the "eyes and ears" of owner Al
Davis, and Silver explains that Hanson might be moved to the personnel
department by Davis as a result of the most recent incident.
As to Cable, his ultimate fate remains up in the air. But if a league-
implemented investigation corroborates Hanson's allegations, the NFL
will have no choice but to take action against Cable.
If the league doesn't plan to punish Cable, then the league should get
out of the business of punishing players who misbehave.