By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, October 23rd, 2009 at 12:58 pm in Oakland Raiders.
A transcript of Tom Cable’s reaction to the Napa District Attorney’s office deciding not to charge him with assault in an alleged altercation with assistant coach Randy Hanson:
Q: Reaction to the District attorney declining to press charges yesterday . . .
Cable: OK, the whole experience was interesting to me, humbling to me. I’m obviously very thankful that the authorities did the the throughness that they did in terms of getting the facts and all that. Other than that, really, my family and friends, really supported me through it. Never let it become a distraction because as I mentioned many times, I just had a lot of faith. I knew what happened, and it’s just amazing what happens. Like I always tell you guys, I respect what you have to do, but it certainly got made out to be more than it needed to be. But it’s done, and now the focus is even moreso on the next opponent, which is the Jets.
Q: Would you consider civil litigation on your part for some of the things that were said?
Cable: For me, right now, it’s just worrying about football, it really is. It has to be that way. I was very adamant the whole time that I new what had happened and trusted the system. So for me, it was just to keep coaching and it’s nice to have this behind me.
Q: Nice for the DA to go out of his way to explain everything, rather than just decline to press charges and let it go . . .
Cable: Absolutely. I think that all the speculation and opinion and whatever that was said, I thought the DA did a tremendous job in really laying out exactly what went down.
Q: Are you glad to not have to answer questions about it any more?
Cable: Yeah, again, as I said, I knew what was going on. I never meant any disrespect to any of you or anything like that. It’s a process that has to run its course.
Q: Why did you choose not to answer questions about it instead of going in and clearing it up with law enforcement?
Cable: Well, because I felt, because if I do that, I’m getting involved. I become part of the turmoil, part of the issue, and it grows. That’s not what I’m here to do. I’m here to be the Oakland Raiders football coach and get this team to win and turn it around. That needed to be my focus and I think it was. I think we handled that the right way.
More to come shortly on football matters, including a possible setback for wide receiver Chaz Schilens . . .