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Suit could force Cable to talk

Now that Randy Hanson has followed through with filing a civil suit against the Raiders and coach Tom Cable, at some point in the future Cable may have to go on the record.

And there are few things Al Davis likes less from his coaches than going on the record. He’d prefer they be seen and not heard, and he’s not even that keen on them being seen.

During the criminal investigation conducted by the Napa authorities into the Aug. 26 incident, which Hanson claims left him with a broken jaw, Cable maintained his silence with both the public and law enforcement other than saying the system would bring a just end result.

Cable wasn’t obligated to talk with police. A civil suit demanding a jury trial which alleges the infliction of assault, battery and intentional influction of emotional distress would require Cable to speak in his own defense.

No telling, of course, how long Cable and the Raiders could drag this out before that actually happens.

Hanson returned to work for the Raiders in the personnel department on Dec. 9 but has kept his distance from Cable under terms specified by the Raiders, according to court documents filed by Hanson’s attorneys, McGuinn, HIllsman and Palefsky. I’ll detail some of those requests below.

The suit comes as no surprise, and was hinted at by Hanson’s attorneys when Napa authorities declined to press charges.

Hanson declined comment to beat writer Steve Corkran, and the Raiders (surprise!) had no comment.

The suit says Cable “without warning or provocation willfully, maliciously and intentionally attacked” Hanson and claims Cable “battered and seized (Hanson’s) left jaw and neck” before being restrained by other coaches. It asks for damages in “excess of $25,000.”

(The amount is essentially a starting point. Court documents state Hanson is entitled to “an award of punitive damages in an amount to be proven at trial.”

As was previously alleged by Hanson in an interivew with YahooSports.com, it says Cable threatened to kill Hanson.

Also included in the “Facts Common to All Causes of Action” in the court document filed in Superior Court of California, County of Alameda:

– The Raiders have ratified and adopted as its own the willful, intentional and malicious acts of Cable against Hanson.

– Cable’s attack was not out of character. Cable has several times been accused of violence against women and has a documented public record of such conduct.

– As time went on, the Raiders made no effort to contact Hanson, and indeed ignored his efforts to clarify his employment status. Although the Raiders had ample opportunity to investigate Cable’s attack, they made only a cursory attempt to do so. Cable was not and has not been disciplined in any way for the egregious workplace violence which he committed.

– Then, on December 8, 2009, a Raiders representative contacted Hanson’s attorney and informed him that although Hanson would not immediately be permitted to coach, he would be allowed to “work” at the Raiders facility in the personnel department under certain conditions. These conditions included the following: Hanson was to park in front of the facility, rather than in the rear where players and other coaches parked. He was to enter only through the front entrance, rather than the rear entrance which was used by players and coaches. He was only permitted to be in the “administrative” area of the facility and could not enter the “football” side of the facility. He was not to attend any Raiders home games. If he wished to eat the lunch provided daily to the Raiders staff, he must ask someone to bring it to him. If he wished to access video tape in order to evaluate players, as his new “job” required, he was to ask someone to bring it to him.

– Hanson was initially told that these conditions would be effective for only four weeks. However, on January 28, 2010, the owner of the Raiders, Al Davis, informed Hanson that he would no longer be allowed to coach. In essence, Hanson’s segregation would remain in place so long as Hanson remained employed by the Raiders.

– The conditions imposed on Hanson’s employment effectively segregated Hanson from those who were once his colleagues. At the very least, these work conditions conveyed the impression that Hanson was being punished for some kind of malfeasance.

– In fact, the only conduct for which Hanson could be held responsible was being the latest person to fall victim to Cable’s violent rage and uncontrolled temper.

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  • Norco Bob

    And Toms ex wife deserved it too.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Bobby,

    did your ex wife deserve it?

  • Norco Bob

    However, I am feeling there is a slight chance, very slight, that this civil suit can be the final straw to get rid of Cable, and offer Gruden whatever he would want and demand to return,..now,..this week.

  • Norco Bob

    I dont have an ex wife.

  • RaiderRockstar

    offer Gruden whatever he would want and demand to return,..now,..this week.

    ***

    Gruden wouldn’t coach under Al again unless he offered to make him the highest paid HC in the NFL.

    terrible situation here in Oakland and Jon has a cushy job in the booth right now with ESPN …

    Al Davis has too much pride to admit he was wrong to trade him to Tampon Bay. Plus he’s too cheap to pay a good coach good money

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    He won’t get millions for it. Al will have better lawyers and punitive damages is always a gray area anyways.

    The fact that he willingly came back to the workplace doesn’t help his “I feared for my life” claim.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    February 24th, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Ricky,

    do you think Al Davis’ court battles and impending fees are related to the fact that he’s got just about everybody on the trade block (even Nnamdi) ???

    no salary cap means he could also go as low as he wants, not just as high. am I correct?

    ==================================
    I don’t think Al thinks that far in advance.
    Considering he just got sued, he probably figured Randy wouldn’t dare sue him..and…like he messed with Kiffin..was hoping putting the pressure on Randy would get Randy to “quit”, like he wanted Kiffin to do, releasing Al of any contractual obligations.

    Neither will.

    As far as Al and the salary cap? Al’s screwing himself, right?
    I forget the number..but isn’t just the salary of JR, Bey, and McF alone take up some ridiculously high % of money available?

    Add to that Al has to NOW try and figure out the new cap stipulations, while he refuses to solicit/take advice?

    Al is going to age another 10 years in the next few months alone, IMO.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I think that is the only reason Al Davis let Hanson come back to work. looks better in court

    at the time, nothing was ever proven and no charges were filed.

    the two guys involved were both retained and seperated.

    Al Davis always does a better job dominating a court room than Tom Cable dominates a locker room (or in this case meeting room)

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    # vegas raider Says:
    February 24th, 2010 at 8:55 am

    He won’t get millions for it. Al will have better lawyers and punitive damages is always a gray area anyways.

    The fact that he willingly came back to the workplace doesn’t help his “I feared for my life” claim.
    ====================
    Al will get better lawyers? lol…how so? Matters little the amount of high priced mouthpieces Al hires, this boils down to only a handful of issues..of which everyone knows about.

    Question presented to the jury is do YOU believe this guy was attacked at his place of business? All hospital reports say OH HELL YES.
    Do you believe the “employees” out of possible fear of reprisal, decided to not come forth? All previous dealings with Al says OH HELL YES.
    Do you believe Randy was treated differently once he returned…I mean..considering the organization said “nothing happened”?? OH HELL YES.
    Do you believe Randy’s career is now adversely affected because of the incident? OH HELL YES.

    And that’s NOT worth millions from an organization that listed as being worth 800 million?

    Dream again.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Al is going to age another 10 years in the next few months alone

    *****************************

    Is that even possible? The guy looks like the Grim Reaper already visited him last year.

    What would 10 more years on Al Davis even look like? Doesn’t he already crap in a bag? Can’t walk? ET fingers? Watery eyes?

  • LA to TheBay

    Cable Bumaye.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Richochet,

    All that is well and good for compensatory damages (hospital bills, maybe a year’s salary for being out of work and a few others).

    The punitive aspect is the dicey part. You must show intention and neglience. Did Cable intend to break his jaw, especially if he didn’t punch him? Will anyone back Hanson’s claim that his life was threatened?

    Not such a slam dunk as you think. Will Hanson probably get 100K or more absolutely. But I would be willing to bet he doesn’t get over a million.

  • RaiderRockstar

    LOL @ Vegas

    thats cruel man!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    would you trade McFadden to Sandy Eggo for Cromartie?

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    I am not a Cromartie fan. But I would obviously consider it an upgrade.

  • Norco Bob

    Mcfaddon and cromartie both suck,…both all hype, no substance.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    I can’t wait for KoolKell’s facebook page.

    Exciting stuff!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Mcfaddon and cromartie both suck,…both all hype, no substance.

    ***

    would that be like trading Ki-Jana Carter for DeAngelo Hall ???

  • RaiderRockstar

    Carter was drafted 1st overall in 1995.

    only had 464 yards in a single season as his career best!

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    He blew out his knee in the preseason of his first year right?

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    For once, the Raiders have no Cromartie-type players, all mouth and ego. The team is young, adult, and for the most part motivated.

    The only character issue is with the walrus (and perhaps the HC). We do not need a Joey Porter, Cromartie, Brandon Marshall type headcase infecting the youngsters.

    Oh, and Wiegmann is too old/weak. And why can’t Cornbread play RG? He run blocks very well. Could work ala Gallery. The spleenless wonder (Langston) is not the answer.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Langston has no spleen?

    I didn’t know that. Man, I was bagging on this Bronco fan when Chris Simms was starting last year saying he may die on the field.

    And sadly, I may have been rooting for it.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    February 24th, 2010 at 9:00 am

    I think that is the only reason Al Davis let Hanson come back to work. looks better in court

    at the time, nothing was ever proven and no charges were filed.

    the two guys involved were both retained and seperated.

    Al Davis always does a better job dominating a court room than Tom Cable dominates a locker room (or in this case meeting room)
    ========================
    Civil trial. Completely different. I believe you only need 7 out of 12 to agree..if I’m not incorrect.
    Again, look at OJ. Found not guilty in a criminal trial, but was found guilty as hell in the civil trial, which has different rules on what can be presented.
    (civil trial actually proved OJ WAS there..and..as some of the original jurors later stated, had they seen the evidence presented in the civil trail, no way they would have voted not guilty. Those Magli shoes did him in, lol..
    OJ: ‘I would NEVER own ugly ass shoes like that.’
    Magli dealer: “Here’s his receipt for his Magli shoes”
    OJ: “oops”

    PAY THE GOLDWINS 30 MILLION, MR. SIMPSON.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Ki-Jana Carter? Nah, his injury doomed him. DMAC is more analogous to Rashaan Salaam.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    # vegas raider Says:
    February 24th, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I can’t wait for KoolKell’s facebook page.

    Exciting stuff!!!
    =====================
    lol…
    Told him last night he needs a web designer and someone with a lick of business sense on what to put on your BUSINESS PAGE.
    KK: “that’s the top of my head”
    KK: “that’s my wife on a knoll”
    KK: “that’s me talking”

    It was “WebDesign -101″

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Langston lost his spleen playing for us…got hit while trying to block a FG, I believe. Was out for most of the season recovering. Bad internal bleeding.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’m not convinced Mop Handle can manage playing guard any better than tackle.

    Would he be an upgrade over Carlisle, Walker or even Morris?

    He’s been in the NFL for 10 years and he’s never played guard. For whatever reason I’m guessing he’s just not a good fit there? His penalty prone matador style isn’t welcome at tackle either as far as i’m concerned!

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Just waiting for the announcement of Bruce’s new 3 year $8 million contract offer to get my official #5 jersey.

    I am thinking of spending the extra dough to get Bruce on the back instead of Gradkowski.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Mop Handle must go.

    I would say you can bring him back for depth purposes, but I don’t trust Cable with Cornell Green on the roster.

    Hell, old Tommy might lobby for him to be moved to LT for all we know!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    As a rookie Rashaan Salaam rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 10 touchdowns!

    “But problems with injuries and fumbles led him to spend only three years with the Bears”

    ahhhh. I gotcha

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    I’m not convinced Mop Handle can manage playing guard any better than tackle.

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Of course not. How can you be convinced if he has never tried it?

    I’m just saying his strengths/weaknesses suggest he could perform better there. Getting next to the center should cut down his penalties. He also won’t see the speed rushers.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    # vegas raider Says:
    February 24th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Richochet,

    All that is well and good for compensatory damages (hospital bills, maybe a year’s salary for being out of work and a few others).

    The punitive aspect is the dicey part. You must show intention and neglience. Did Cable intend to break his jaw, especially if he didn’t punch him? Will anyone back Hanson’s claim that his life was threatened?

    Not such a slam dunk as you think. Will Hanson probably get 100K or more absolutely. But I would be willing to bet he doesn’t get over a million.
    ======================================
    I don’t know..I’ve seen some civil cases awarded amazingly ridiculous numbers, from people/organizations worth a fraction of what the Raiders are worth.

    But, like I said, I suspect both parties will have a no disclosure ruling, and we’ll never know.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    But, like I said, I suspect both parties will have a no disclosure ruling, and we’ll never know.

    ******************************

    Probably right, and if there is a settlement, we definately will not know.

    Not a whole lot of precendence for this type of case, which doesn’t matter as much in civil compared to criminal, so it should be interesting, either way.

    Randy will get paid more than he would if he would have just continued working as whatever type of lackey he was.

    Just don’t think he is going to have the Bentley and furs like our boy #2 has.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Well my work here is done, got to go pretend to work in the office for a few hours.

  • Norco Bob

    Vegas, how far a drive from Vegas to Havasu?…the RV goin there as well.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68kM

    I don’t usually post this stuff..but this just may be the most amazing video caught on someone’s camcorder…ever.
    Discovery Channel did a special on this alone..which is where I typed in “Battle at Kruger” on youtube, if you don’t want to click on a link, which I know Bobbo doesn’t.
    Click on the first 8:20 video.
    It’s a group of lions who surprise a buffalo herd, and take down a calf..and what happens is pretty amazing.

    Some wildlife experts, in their careers, never get a video like this.

  • http://atm Raider O

    FAs that we should consider:

    - DE J Peppers
    - CB D Robinson
    - OL
    - QB J Campbell

  • WESTRAIDER

    trade dmac for lynch

  • SacRaider

    With the 8th selection in the 2010 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders select:

    “Clemson WR Jacoby Ford’s performance trainer is confident that Ford will break the Combine record in the forty-yard dash.

    Chris Johnson’s 4.24 currently stands as the top forty time on record. Ford, an NCAA collegiate track star, has guaranteed a 4.2 and ran a 4.126 in high school. “With Jacoby we’re going to break the NFL record for the Combine,” said trainer Tony Villani. “But to be the fastest guy ever, he’s got to run 4.2s on lasers. He’s running some times now where I think he could.”
    Source: ESPN.com”

  • Silver-n-Smac

    What’s up boys. . . .long time no smack.

    Having your computer infected by a major virus is no fun.

    Yeah, I saw that lion/buffalo video about a year ago.
    Pretty amazing stuff. Hard to believe actually.

    That calf was one lucky little bastard. Those lions had to be half-playing with it. Otherwise, it’s hard to believe the little sucker just trots off from the whole scene.

  • http://www.randomfunnypicture.com/pictures/1373alcoholism-helps-you-forget-other-problems.jpg Lynn from Snot

    http://answers.yahoo.com/my/profile;_ylt=AljP1VpndpPSfvLsN_VeFg9WxQt.;_ylv=3?show=jvcaIyrYaa

    No one runs like BO did. 4.12- 40

  • http://www.randomfunnypicture.com/pictures/1373alcoholism-helps-you-forget-other-problems.jpg Lynn from Snot
  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    Lions couldn’t put a death grip on it, in the water..then having alligators try and drag it away spooked a few..but yeah, being in the middle of a tug of war between gators and a pack of lions, and STILL walking away after one lone bull decided to kick some ass?

    Lucky says it all.

  • jhill

    vegas raider Says:
    February 24th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Just waiting for the announcement of Bruce’s new 3 year $8 million contract offer to get my official #5 jersey.

    I am thinking of spending the extra dough to get Bruce on the back instead of Gradkowski.

    ——————————————————-

    LMFAO!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Mosi Tatupu, former Patriots RB and father of Seahawks LB Lofa Tatupu passed away today

  • http://atm Raider O

    Rich,

    That was an amazing video. There is strength in numbers.

  • http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/antisocial-personality-disorder/DS00829 KoolKell

    Of course, the Raiders may nab a better one first. They pick eighth and can do worse than to address their problems at offensive tackle.

    On the left side, Mario Henderson is coming off a season where he led the NFL with 10.5 sacks allowed. On the right side, Cornell Green is an unsigned free agent after leading all NFL offensive linemen with 12 penalties in 12 games.

    No small wonder, the Raiders ranked 31st in sacks per pass play at 10.1 percent. For those who want to blame it all on Russell’s immobility, keep in mind backups Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye each were injured in failed pass protection.

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/02/24/SPQF1C63O2.DTL#ixzz0gTlMi6Jb

  • RaiderRockstar

    how long before NFL draft “experts” say WR Jacoby Ford (Clemson) is a football player, not a track star?

    same thing they said about Darrius Heyward-Bey!

    “Prior to the 2009 season, the NFL Draft Scout ranked Ford as the seventh out of 310 available wide receiver prospects for the 2010 NFL Draft”

  • Norco Bob

    Good morning old man,…another day for you to embarrass yoself old troll kell?…we apreciate it. :)

  • http://atm Raider O

    Bo was a freak. He had speed and power. He could have been the best RB in the NFL.

    Rich,
    Unlucky says it all! lol

  • jhill

    For those who want to blame it all on Russell’s immobility, keep in mind backups Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye each were injured in failed pass protection.

    ——————————————————

    You don’t say ….