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Suit could force Cable to talk

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 at 5:12 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • SteveAlford21

    Seymour,

    Smoking and being overweight are different. Did you know that at least until the late 90s (I stopped keeping up with it then), most of the world’s elite weightlifters were also chainsmokers? The backstage areas of the weightlifting events at the Olympics were always full of smoke. Football is a game where you have short bursts of activity, then a 40 second rest. Unless you have to run for distances, then smoking won’t really hurt you (same case with powerlifters). Being overweight, however… will. If Marino was a receiver, smoking would hurt. QB, not so much. I would love it if JR weight 30 pounds less and smoked 2 packs a day.

  • SteveAlford21

    Priest,

    Which ones still don’t, exactly? Other than Roethlisberger? I’m talking about starters here, not Jared Lorenzen (who went to my beloved University of Kentucky).

  • JB

    Time changes and so has the game of football. It’s likely that Raiders of old, with rare exceptions, wouldn’t make the starting lineups nowadays. Linemen in Shells day wouldn’t make it today because they were too small and slow. There’s players in the HOF that were great in their day but wouldn’t make the cut today. It’s a different game today with different requirements. The game is more violent with bigger players, bigger hits and more injuries. Today’s skilled athlete has to be in super shape today just to survive to play the following week.

  • SteveAlford21

    Oh, and fyi… I was hoping with all that I had that we’d draft Andre Woodson (from UK) and that he would replace JR until JR could get his act together. I actively campaigned for us to get him. I LOVE that kid and wanted him to be the Raiders’ starting QB.

    He’s black.

    It doesn’t matter, the man can PLAY and he has his act together.

  • priesttj

    When Daunte Culpepper was going to probowls he was 280 lbs. playing QB does not require being in great shape you can’t be sloppy fat but 10-15 lbs. overweight for a QB NOTHING!! it’s not eve worth mentioning.

  • SteveAlford21

    Do you understand yet, Priest? I wanted our starter to be a black quarterback, just not JaMarcus Russell. I would take VICK right now and thank god that we have him… and until JaMarcus gets his act together, that feeling stands. We’ll know when training camp starts.

    Until then, I’ll criticize what JR has done and talk about how he can fix it. You can accept that for what it is or you can call me a racist because you don’t want to admit the issues or admit that anyone can point them out without being racist. I don’t dislike his performance because he’s black, I dislike it because he could have been in the Pro Bowl by now if he’d been committed to being the best. I’d also prefer Jason Campbell right now, fyi. Campbell can’t throw for crap, but at least he’s mobile.

  • SteveAlford21

    Priest, JR is more than 10-15 pounds overweight. Good job at building up a strawman to knock down, though.

  • SteveAlford21

    He might have 10-15 extra pounds on the FRONT of his midsection, but that’s not the only place he’d be having an excess of fat. Look at his legs, rear-end, and stomach now compared to his last year at LSU. That man has an extra 25-30 pounds on him AT THE VERY LEAST.

  • SteveAlford21

    Priest, just so you’re clear on what I meant, as strawman is where you build a fake point that is different from what someone said, then defeat the fake point that you invented. Example:

    Me: We’ll have to cut your salary by 2% this year because of lowered revenue.

    You: You can’t go taking all of my money like that, I won’t be able to even afford to eat! I have bills to pay, man.

    You did nothing to counter the initial point, you created a false one through hyperbole (though that’s not always the case), then defeated that one.

  • SteveAlford21

    Okay, since everyone has gotten quiet, I’m going to head to bed. First, I’d like to ask you a question, Priest.

    What’s the name of the station with the call-in show that you guys are always talking about and do they have a website (I assume they do). I moved back to the east coast in August, but I’d like to listen to it online and see what kind of coverage they have of the Raiders.

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    :) Nation!!!!

    I got a reprieve! My ex-roomie will let the computer stay with me till Saturday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    KFSO AM Steve

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    KFSO 560 AM

  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    Gawd….I’m like that thing that wont just die or go away lol

  • NoMoreFargas

    Whats up fellas, please tell me if were stuck with cable we don’t pick up any garbage OL that cable loves, no Kwames and no Sateele.

    BLACK MAMBA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • NoMoreFargas

    Great job priest try naming qb from this century, and Culpepper was much faster than Russell he could move.

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!
    Then tell me…why? Why wait so darn long?
    Goodmorning 4eva, Steve, NMF…

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    GOOD MORNING SPORT’S FAN’S,HWNRDR,NOMOREFARGAS,4EVA.THIS CABLE-HANSEN THING WILL NEVER GO AWAY UNTIL THEY R BOTH GONE..

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Good morning all.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Good to see you’re still here 4eva!

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    I’m thinking of bring a suit against Hanson for “willful, intentional and malicious acts” in making me think this was going to be a quiet off-season.

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Neilb…must be about 2PM there, right? So…good afternoon to you!
    Good Morning Dirt Lot…yup, I agree! It will that pain the rear that will not go away!

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Right on the money Hwnrdr!

  • RaiderRockstar

    good morning AM crew!

    lots of bickering last night …

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    HEY ROCKSTAR,QB’S WITH BIG GUT’S, I GOT A CHANCE !!

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Morning Rockstar….

    You sound surprised by that!!

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Rockstar…isn’t that about 99% of the time?
    Neil…I know because I have a friend there in London…

  • hwnrdr

    DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL Says:
    February 24th, 2010 at 6:16 am
    HEY ROCKSTAR,QB’S WITH BIG GUT’S, I GOT A CHANCE !!

    LMAO! BTW: You’re going to be able to make it to the games this year?

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

    Good morning Nation!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    on January 28, 2010, 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.

    -Jerry Mac

    ***

    so Davis chose Cable over Hanson a 2nd time?

    despite Dakota & other multiple requests and/or demands I think Tom Cable will remain HC of the Oakland Raiders for 2010

    …but if he’s saddled with Russell for his starter again and we start out 2-7 again I think he’ll be canned before the season is over. playoffs chances are slim to none by that point

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    You tell him/her to careful down there.Every day there seems to be someone getting stabbed.

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

    SteveAlford21 Says:
    February 23rd, 2010 at 8:22 pm
    Vegas, it’s that kind of thinking that got us the lines that we have NOW. We have scrapheap castoffs from other teams… mostly mid-to-late rounders.

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

    I don’t understand this belief that we have all these late round picks and castoffs.

    Our line:

    LT-3rd round
    LG- 1st round
    C- 2nd round (acquired in trade)
    RG- former 4th rounder
    RT- undrafted

    Compare that to the Colts line:

    LT-6th round
    LG-3rd round
    C- Undrafted
    RG-Undrafted
    RT-2nd round

    Again, we absolutely have to improve our Offensive line, and Green must be replaced. But this notion that you need top round draft picks on your O-line is a big misconception.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Rockstar…

    I’ve always thought that Russell will start next season for the sole reason that Al will never admit to making the mistake of drafting Russell.

  • RaiderRockstar

    QB’S WITH BIG GUT’S, I GOT A CHANCE !!

    ***

    LOL @ Dirt Lot.

    If you can throw a football 70 yards on your knees then you are worth $31.5 million guaranteed!

    can I be your agent???

    I already know one team in particular that will be interested :)

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

    Sorry to be repetitive there folks, just trying to educate the new guy, lol

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Vegas…

    Tell him in what round Matt Light and Jeff Saturday were drafted.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    HWNRDR,THAT IS THE PLAN.STILL WORKING ON A FEW HEALTH ISSUES,BUT..LOOK FOWARD 2 HOOKING UP WITH U AGAIN 4 A BEER OR 10-12

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’ve always thought that Russell will start next season for the sole reason that Al will never admit to making the mistake of drafting Russell.

    ***

    Neil: nice take. you could be right, but I sure hope you’re wrong

    I always said that Russell will cost Cable, Tollner & Hackett their jobs

    I’m sticking by that comment I made about a year ago

  • RaiderRockstar

    be back later. gotta reset the server

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    “I always said that Russell will cost Cable, Tollner & Hackett their jobs”

    That’s the banker for next season!!!

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

    Al may be stubborn, and lost in the first round, but he isn’t incredibly stupid.

    His franchise is in a state of disaster, and he needs to win games and get his salary structure under control.

    Russell more than likely will be asked to re-work his deal, and openly win the QB job.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    ROCKSTAR, I WOULD NEED A RUNNING START AND A CUTOFF MAN 2 THROW A BALL 70 YDS, WOULD BE UP 2 MY AGENT TO CONVINCE AL I COULD THROW AND RUN..

  • hwnrdr

    Dirt Lot…If I cannot turn the financial corner I will be forced to make a few cuts here and there…dam economy…but, the games will be one of them! So, this may be the last year! Hopefully we can do it this year! Of course, this will probably be the last year that I can handle another 5-11 or worse season!!!

  • Midwest Fan

    I understand Vegas that you don’t need top draft pics on the O-line. But given your Colts example, what happens if you put someone else at QB behind that line? Are they still that good? They get helped out a lot b/c Peyton gets the ball out quick and on time.

    I know that the Jets have some high draft pics on their o-line and they’re considered prob the best o-line in the NFL.

    That’s why I think I came off of the McClain bandwagon. Starting to think Anthony Davis in the 1st and Vlad Ducasse (the Impailer) in the 2nd would work out well. Put Vlad in at RG.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Vegas…

    Re-working Russell’s wage should be the first thing on Al’s “to do” list.

  • Midwest Fan

    Morning by the way.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    HWNRDR,SAME HERE.MY PARTNER’S R SLOWLY DROPING OFF. IT IS HARD 2 KEEP UP..

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    The list of all the free-agents was posted by nfl.com recently.You can’t tell me that we can’t find an up-grade for RT and RG from that list.

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

    Midwest,

    My point has always been that a great QB like Peyton and Brees can play under almost any O-line.

    Each one of those teams replaced 40% of the O-line from the year before. Could anyone tell the difference? If anything they got better (Colts LT was a 6th rounder playing for the first time, Saints was a 4th rounder, replacing an injured Pro Bowler and neither missed a beat).

    The Jets have acquired many former first rounders in FA. I would support that, but they only drafted 1 of their starting 5 up-front, albeit the one was a top 5 LT.

    I have always said it isn’t the position that is the problem with our draft, it is the player. DHB was a bust, but so was Jason Smith and Andre Smith, OT’s taken ahead of him. WR didn’t seem like an urgent issue, but how much better would our offense and special teams have been if we had drafted Percy Harvin?

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

    I need some new material, I feel like I am repeating myself.

    I’m turning into the KoolKell for not drafting O-line in the 1st round!!!

    Aghhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!