Source: Goodell not ready to rule on Cable case

BY foxsports • October 11, 2009

There may be more information out there about Raiders head coach Tom Cable's alleged attack on his then-assistant coach, Randy Hanson, but the NFL is still no closer to issuing an official judgment on the case.

After several weeks of silence, Hanson finally went public to Yahoo.com on Friday with his accusation that the Raiders head coach assaulted Hanson on Aug. 5 at the Marriott-Napa Valley hotel. Among other details, Hanson alleges that Cable threw him from his chair into a piece of furniture, leaving the assistant with a fractured jaw.

But FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer reported Sunday that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell remained steadfast that the league would wait for the case to run its legal course and that Goodell will not come to any decision based on the assistant's word alone.



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The Napa police announced earlier in the week that they have finished their investigation into the allegations and forwarded the case to the district attorney's office. Commander Andy Lewis said Monday the case was sent to the district attorney's office for review "very recently." Lewis said the police would have no additional comment on the specifics of the case.

Raiders defensive assistant Randy Hanson was hospitalized with a broken bone in his face following the Aug. 5 attack that he told police was initiated by a member of the Raiders coaching staff at the team's training camp hotel in Napa.

Hanson initially did not tell police who his assailant was. His attorney, John McGuinn, told NFL.com last week that Hanson told police that Cable was the coach who attacked him.

Cable denied the allegations in August and said Monday that he would not comment on the most recent reports, saying he'll let the legal process play out. Cable said the reports ever since the alleged attack have not been a distraction for him as he focuses on his job.

"It can't. When it all is resolved, you'll understand why I'm acting the way I am," he said. "It's just something I'm not going to talk about and shouldn't talk about. I'll let that process do its thing."

Hanson was also a key player in the dispute that helped lead to coach Lane Kiffin's firing last season. Kiffin suspended Hanson after the assistant criticized the coaching staff in a meeting following a 41-14 season-opening loss to Denver. Owner Al Davis later reinstated Hanson and Kiffin was fired a few weeks later.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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