Press release from Napa DA


A press released issued from the Napa County District Attorney’s office, which will not charge Tom Cable in an alleged attack on assistant coach Randy Hanson:

Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein announced this afternoon that his office has completed its review of the extensive and excellent investigation by the Napa Police Department, including police reports, medical records, interviews of several witnesses present at the time of the incident in question, as well as multiple statements by the alleged victim, Randy Hanson. District Attorney Lieberstein stated, “We have concluded that the facts and evidence developed do not warrant criminal charges be brought against Tom Cable in regards to an incident which occurred on August 5, 2009 in a hotel room at the Oakland Raiders’ training camp in Napa.”

In order to better appreciate the time and process involved in reviewing this matter, it is important to understand the duties of the District Attorney in determining whether or not to file criminal charges. The central job of a prosecutor is to seek justice. Prosecutors are ethically required not to prosecute cases when they believe that it is unlikely that a jury would reach a verdict of guilty beyond a reasonable doubt based on the evidence and facts known to them, and/or that it would not be in the interests of justice to bring such charges. It is the conclusion of this office, therefore, that we do not believe a jury would convict Mr. Cable of any offenses beyond a reasonable doubt.

In applying the above standards, a review of the most credible evidence and likely testimony at trial would establish that there were no blows or punches thrown at or near Randy Hanson, nor were any verbal threats made by Tom Cable towards Mr. Hanson. Based on our review, it appears that during a discussion amongst coaches and Mr. Cable regarding Mr. Hanson’s future with the Oakland Raiders, Mr. Cable became angry and rushed toward Mr. Hanson. At that juncture, one of the other coaches in the room stepped in between the two and Mr. Cable bumped into him, which in turn caused that coach to bump into Mr. Hanson’s chair in which he was leaning back, with his feet upon the table. As a result of the force, Mr. Hanson fell over, at which time he most likely fractured his jaw. This conclusion is supported by the statements of independent witnesses present in the room, including and especially the coach who bumped into Mr. Hanson’s chair. The same witnesses did state that after Mr. Hanson was on the ground, Mr. Cable grabbed him by the shirt . The witnesses also made it clear, however, that at no time during this incident did Mr. Cable strike Mr. Hanson.

Another significant factor affecting our decision is the history of the investigation. This incident allegedly took place at approximately noon on August 5th. The incident was not reported to the police. Later that night, Mr. Hanson went to Queen of the Valley Hospital for an examination. He told them that he had been assaulted but refused to provide details and, when advised that the police would have to be notified per California law, he objected. When the police arrived, Mr. Hanson gave them very few details, refusing to give them important information such as identifying the alleged attacker. As a result of his lack of cooperation, police were unable to locate the room where this had taken place and process it for physical evidence that might have assisted in determining what happened.

Between that date and the end of September, Mr. Hanson declined to be interviewed by police. Again, this postponement in the investigation contributed to the delay in our decision making process. When he did finally come in for an interview, he did so in the presence of his attorney and, for example, refused to explain why he had previously refused the Napa Police Department’s previous attempts to obtain a statement from him. His attorney objected to the question as being privileged. After further discussion, Mr. Hanson basically said he was there because the police asked him and his attorney advised him to do so. The interview he gave was inconsistent with the original short statement he made, leaving out significant facts such as what was taking place prior to Mr. Cable moving towards him.

Subsequently, Mr. Hanson provided an interview to a reporter detailing more facts than he had given to the officer, some of which were inconsistent with previous statements.

A follow-up interview with Mr. Hanson yesterday afternoon failed to clear up the significant inconsistencies in his prior statements.

It should be further noted that within the past week and a half, Mr. Hanson showed up unannounced at the police department and made a statement to the effect that since the Raiders had not given him what he asked for, he would now fully cooperate with the prosecution.

All of these facts and more would be before a jury including the history, the inconsistent statements, and the lack of any evidence from the room in the event that criminal charges would have been filed. Furthermore, felonious assault requires that the assault be willful. The evidence is overwhelming that Mr. Cable did not intend to inflict the injury suffered.

In announcing his office’s decision, District Attorney Lieberstein emphasized that while this case has gained significant attention in the national sports media, it is similar to any other potential criminal case in that it involves serious allegations that, if filed and proven, would have a significant effect on many lives.

Lieberstein concluded that, “our duty is to do the right thing for the right reasons. Under the facts and circumstances of this case, it would be a miscarriage of justice to pursue criminal charges and we will not ask our citizens to give up their valuable time for jury duty, nor will we allow our criminal justice system to be compromised.”


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Party at Cables tonight

  • yaaaawwwwwwwnnnn.

  • Sorry Dakota. Looks like you are stuck with Cable for a bit. 🙂

  • ggraider

    If these are the factual findings, somebody is going to have to explain why it took 3 months for Napa to make a decision. This isn’t close to assault.

  • # Mistabrown Says:
    October 22nd, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    The good news is we play better @ home when blacked out..

    9/27/09 Denver 23 Raiders 3. Blacked out game. fistabrown is an idiot.

  • LA to TheBay


  • VanHeathen

    This IS all about a Civil Suit and I could care less…More importantly Chaz is gonna be on Chronicle Live at 5pm.
    Can’t wait to get him back on the field…

  • alisgod


    C’mon this is an obvious civil case. We all know it happened but only MORONS thought this was going to be pursued criminally.


  • 16yearsold16yearfan

    dakota that makes more sense

  • Ryan


    I’m proud of you for staying out of the whole politics talk, KNOWING IT SHOULD BAN YOU FROM THIS SITE!

    It’s best to keep your opinions to yourself since it is pointless to try and sway people on a anonymous blog.

    I, for one, am happy nothing came of the Cable thing.

    I am a Cable fan. A fellow Big Sky Conference guy, who has been a life long Raider fan, just like me.

    Hopefully, last week was the beginning of Cable starting to get his way with the direction the team goes.

    As far as JaPidgeon, I’m still holding judgement until he has his other security blanket (Chaz) to catch balls.

  • LA to TheBay

    Get your Dewars on, Tommy, you deserve it. Matter of fact, you should knock his @$$ out again.

  • Mistabrown

    I said we play better @ home when blacked out I didnt say we win 100% of the time @ home when blacked out. I don’t know if you could be any more ignorant than you are, afterall your a liberal, you own a cat, you have social disorders and you’re a compulsive liar who lives on fighting with those that disagree with you on a blog.

    But keep re-posting my post with your brain dead comments I couldn’t care any less.


  • Boss Raider 650

    All we need is a W on Sunday…..

  • Well, the NFL isn’t held to the same standard as a prosecuting attorney…we’ll have to see if they think rushing at Hanson and grabbing him when he was down is enough to warrant a suspension…I wouldn’t think so.

  • LA to TheBay


  • alisgod


  • Boss Raider 650

    Agreed. This aint about Hanson. At least the distraction is erased and Seymour can rally the defense to a win.

  • The Big Banana

    It should be further noted that within the past week and a half, Mr. Hanson showed up unannounced at the police department and made a statement to the effect that since the Raiders had not given him what he asked for, he would now fully cooperate with the prosecution.
    I think we all knew Hansen was trying to blackmail the Raiders with that whole delay.

  • Alisgod,

    Before you fly off the handle and embarrass yourself again, let me remind you that I was only HOPING that Cable would be arrested, I never said I thought he WOULD be.

  • raiderrej

    Doesn’t matter cause if we lose more games he’ll be gone at the bye

  • Sorry Al, your “for cause” case against Cable just went out the window…looks like you are going to have to find another way of cheating Cable out of his money at the end of the season.

  • # Lynn from Snot Says:
    October 22nd, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Party at Cables tonight


    Yeh, there’s a lot to celebrate.

    the 2-4 record?

    The overall record in the past 7 years?

    The fact that the Raiders haven’t won 3 consecutive football games since 2002?

    Sure, party on.

  • 17 Bob Trey O

    Can we get the Napa DA’s ffice to start reffing our games?

  • inonewordraider

    He broke Hansons jaw Hanson wanted dough to keep him quiet and instead of ratting the witnesses stuck w/ the story. I love the feistiness and camraderie, GO RAIDERS!

  • Mistabrown

    JaDumbell should catch one of those Cable jabs before Cable gets the hook. When they sew his jaw shut for 6 weeks he might lose 35-40 lbs.

  • kidseven

    Everyone knows it was Herrera who busted Hanson’s jaw.

  • RaidingTexas

    Sweet! Now let Cable focus on the damn game and not these unnecessary sideshows.

  • 17 Bob Trey O

    Is it ironic that Hanson’s mouth got him in trouble again and he got his jaw broke? Never mind he gave a reporter more details than the DA? Not smart. Say “Hi” to Hanson next time you go to Walmart, he’ll be the guy wearing the vest and welcoming you when you walk in the door.

  • Message of the day, folks. If you work for a lucrative company, you’re in a heated conversation with someone in management, walk away, and document the incident. If you become confrontational you might just get assaulted and have zero recourse. That’s the world we’re living in. Oh, true to form, comcast sports has romanowski on. Perfect guest to weigh in on incidents of assaults.

  • And it’s typical of dumb Raider fans to be proud of Cable. There’s not much else to be proud of.

  • Ghost87

    17 Bob Trey O Says:
    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:02 pm
    Can we get the Napa DA’s office to start reffing our games?


  • snnyjcbs

    Laid it all out for you all weeks ago on what was going down and why. With what the DA added to the press report regarding Hanson he would have trouble even trying to bring a lawsuit against Cable.

    Somehow I have a feeling that we have not heard the end of this as far as the Raiders and Cables responce.
    To the Nancy Gay’s, Ann Killion and all the Raider Hater Press that spread all the false facts with regards to Cable and what “substantial evidence collected by Napa Police and the DA against Cable” from a “inside source” turned into nothing but bull.

    Time after time the media clowns lay out all these BS items as fact only to have it all blow up in their faces.

    You can all give your knees a rest now people, you can stop the sitting up nights praying Cable would be walked off of the Raiders training field. You can all go back to making up new bull storys that so many love to read.

  • Richard Bentley

    For you supporters of him, the alleged victim in this episode is a punk and a spy and a backstabber. He had trouble with Kiffin and he had trouble with Cable, because of his underhanded actions. Therefore he most probably will wind up with another broken jaw (or worse) at the hands of someone else.