By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, November 9th, 2009 at 7:30 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders’ favorite ESPN reporter said during Monday night’s pregame show the league had begun an evaluation process to determine if coach Tom Cable needs counseling.
If Chris Mortensen is correct, and the Raiders surely consider that to be up for debate, it sounds as if a suspension is of any kind is unlikely.
Regarding the allegations made on ESPN’s Outside the Lines about Cable’s history of violence toward women, the report said the only cases of domestic abuse which would be reviewed were those which happened while he was an NFL coach.
That means the strongest portion of the ESPN story, and the comments and accusations of first wife Sandy Cable, are off limits for the purposes of NFL discipline.
Mortensen seemed unclear on his status within the Raiders organization, joking at one point about being a “rumor mongerer.”
If I remember correctly, Adam Schefter was dubbed the “rumor mongerer” while a correspondent at the NFL Network. Mortensen was called a “born liar” by Davis, who believed he was the source for all leaked information coming from Lane Kiffin.
Note: Thanks to the three e-mailers who reminded me that the phrase Davis actually used regarding Mortensen was a “professional liar.”
A Raiders spokesman requested today that no questions regarding the ESPN story be asked of Cable during is press briefing. Cable did say he hadn’t head from the NFL (he was asked anyway, of course).
The Raiders issued a press release saying they were taking the domestic abuse allegations seriously and would investigate them, while Profootballtalk.com reported the Raiders were working in conjunction with the league on the matter.