This is an Ethic Soup follow-up on Oakland Raiders Bully Head Coach Tom Cable. A victim of Cable's out-of-control felonious behavior, Raiders assistant coach Randy Hanson, has told Napa Valley police investigators that he was indeed struck by Cable, resulting in a broken jaw, and turned over medical records detailing his injury.
COACH SAID "NOTHING HAPPENED"
A couple of weeks after the Aug. 5 incident, Cable told the media that "nothing happened." Then he said "when all the facts come out, everything will be fine."
Ethic Soup reported on Cable and his cold-cock-fist a month ago in the article "A Disgusting Bully: Raiders Coach Punches Assistant and Fractures Jaw." Then Ethic Soup followed with a second article"Workplace Bullies: A Problem of Epidemic Proportions," using the NFL, the Oakland Raiders organization and headquarters as workplaces for thousands.
AFRAID OF LOSING JOB?
At that time, we reported how Hanson refused to name the coach or file charges against Cable -- his boss. Police said they dropped the case because the victim didn't want the police to pursue an investigation.
We speculated that perhaps Hanson was fearful of losing his job, if he admitted that it was Cable who struck him and fractured his jaw. But Hanson has had time to reflect on that decision, particularly while he sat home -- stripped of his coaching duties by Cable and banished from the team's facility in Alameda, Calif. This was certainly not a reward for protecting Cable. Why should he continue to keep quiet?
TEXTBOOK FELONY ASSAULT
It has been Hanson's lawyer, John McGuinn, who advised the media that Hanson has talked with police and identified Cable as his assailant. McGuinn called the case "a textbook case of felony assault," according to ESPN. However, neither McGuinn or Hanson have been contacted by the NFL, which has said it is looking into the incident. Perhaps the league means 'looking the other way.'
If the police follow through with an investigation,if the District Attorney actually charges Cable, and if a trial finds him guilty, he could do time in prison. Maybe, if all that were to happen, the NFL just might take some action -- maybe. Wouldn't want to jump the gun, like take a strong stand against off-the-field violence by coaches and players. Then there's NFL team owners, like Al Davis, who continue to support them regardless of who they hurt, including abused wives, girlfriends and children.
JUST SAY NO
It's truly tragic. When will the public, the sports fans, speak up and boycott teams that continue to allow this behavior? Violence would become the exception if owners took a stand and refused to allow it, kicking players -- and coaches -- off their teams. But we know that would mean costing them money and we also know that money is the most important aspect of professional football.
Yes, I am angry. I just wish more people would catch up with my anger, rather than celebrate the violence.
TO READ "FOR TOM CABLE'S LOVE OF WOMEN: HIT'EM AGAIN, HARDER, HARDER" CLICK HERE.
TO READ "WHAT BROKEN JAW? DA WON'T FILE CHARGES AGAINST RAIDERS COACH TOM CABLE" CLICK HERE.
by Sharon McEachern