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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • I don’t know if Harvin would have worked here Vegas.

    I think one of the main problems of the Raiders is the out-dated play book.We’ve got plays that don’t match up with the talent we’ve got.The “let’s run Dmac up the middle” being the biggest one.

    Until we modernise and use a game-plan/play book that looks to the ability of the players we’ve got,I don’t think any talent coming from college will make any difference.

  • hwnrdr

    Well said Neil, well said!

  • RaiderRockstar

    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!!!



    Vegas –

    go ahead and make valid statement about the O-Line multiple times over. many times you’re preaching to a different crowd anyways. your comments about Bruce and the OL are not only football related, but RAIDERS related. thats exactly what this blog was intended for!

    it’s not like you’re rambling on about race, religion or politics day in & day out.

  • Midwest Fan

    I see your point Vegas, but we don’t have a pro bowl calibur QB on our roster to compensate for our inadequacies. I’m not like some on here that say their way is the only way to build this team back up. I realize there are multiple ways thru the draft and FA to fill the holes on our roster. If that includes picking up some 3rd and 4th round olinemen than so be it.  

  • Trade DMAC for pick(s). Use them on the OL to shut up Vegas Kell.

  • Both 3rd rounders should go to the O-line, that is a pretty good investment for one year.

    And if they like that Pouncey kid, I would be OK with him in the 2nd. I like the idea of a C/G prospect, who can play G right away and than be our C of the future. Pouncey seems like the best C in the draft, so the value of getting the best player at any position in the 2nd round is too good to pass up.

    But fixing our Run D at #8 has to be the priority. Whether it is McLain, Spikes, Dan Williams or Price.

  • Vegas Kell!! LoL!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    regarding the O-Line:

    to me it’s not WHERE a player is drafted or acquired. I don’t care if you pay a guy 800k per season of 5 million per season in free agency. I don’t care if you draft a guy in the 1st round or 7th round. it’s about finding talent that fits your system. It’s not about drafting a guy in the 1st round just because OL is a huge weakness. Not unless that guy is a perfect fit for the zbs (like Ryan Clady) and dominated in college. I’m tired or chasing potential or upside. We need PROVEN players that fit the scheme.

    bringing in Marcus Johnson, Khalif Barnes, Erik Pears & Samson Satele from other teams did nothing for the O-Line. Bringing in Kwame Harris, James Marten, John Wade, Cooper Carlisle, Cornell Green, etc from other teams did nothing for the O-Line before them!

    Cable has a terrible eye for talent. My hope is that Hue Jackson, Jim Michalczik, Chris Morgan & the scouting dept have a bigger role and Cable has a lesser role identifying these players …

  • Vegas….

    Agree with what you say about using the 8th pick for run D.

    I just think that we could pick up a free agent RT and RG that would produce from day 1 rather than going for a prospect.

  • hwnrdr

    Alright fellas…you all have a good day!!!

  • Neil,

    I am no fan of Tom Cable the play-caller, he was awful more times than he was even average, IMO.

    I do think Harvin could have made a difference on ST, and would have caught some of those passes DHB and Murphy dropped throughout the year.

    I think ST’s have never been so important as they are in today’s NFL. There are very few elite D’s (Ravens, Jets, and ??) and a few more elite offenses (Saints, Colts, Packers maybe AZ or Minny).

    Most teams are around average on both sides of the ball, so ST can be the deciding factor in any game.

    It is even more important when you are a pathetic offense like we were last year. Gary Russell returning the ball to the 18 every kickoff was just compounding our offensive problem.

    We need a KR, and I am not sold on the undrafted white guy from Southern Utah with shin splints.

  • NoMoreFargas

    Yeah it’s the play callers fault Dmac can’t break tackles and can’t even shake DL and fumbles all the time. Get Westbrook and instantly we upgrade over Mcfumbles.

  • RaiderRockstar

    But fixing our Run D at #8 has to be the priority. Whether it is McLain, Spikes, Dan Williams or Price.


    McClain or Spikes at MLB would be abused just as much (if not moreso) than Kirk Morrison playing behind DT’s Warren & Kelly …

    He haven’t had a real NT since Sam Adams in 2002. Adams & Parrella were solid!

    draft Williams or Price. cut Warren. give Kelly a healthy paycut. leave Capt Kirk alone

    watch and see what happens

  • U 2 Hwnrdr!

  • I agree with Rockstar that we you need to draft guys that fit your “system”.

    Now if we can only get the Raiders to have an acutal “system”, we could move forward with this.

  • Agree with you ref: special teams Vegas.How bad would the season have been if we didn’t have Shane.

  • RaiderRockstar

    We need a KR, and I am not sold on the undrafted white guy from Southern Utah with shin splints.


    Nick Miller = Wes Welker

    DMAC reports he’ll be ready by Week 16 and according to Jhill we’re going 11-5 so I assume we’ll leave a roster spot open for NM again and he’ll be ready when we need him in the playoffs …

  • RaiderRockstar

    Now if we can only get the Raiders to have an acutal “system”, we could move forward with this.


    this is our 4th year heading into a season with the zbs

  • We have a “system” the only problem is that it’s dated 1976.

    You don’t believe me ? Wait a minute……I’ve got to get the overhead projector warmed up to prove it.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Casey Wiegmann turns 37 in July, but he’s a perfect fit for the zbs. made the Pro Bowl in 2008

    Vegas might like to point out that he was undrafted out of Iowa in 2006

  • RaiderRockstar

    1996 – not 2006. sorry!

  • RaiderRockstar

    If durability and toughness were confused with size and strength, Casey Wiegmann might still have a job.

    They aren’t, and he doesn’t.

    The Broncos are changing their front-line system from its once-renowned zone-blocking scheme to a more physical, powerful style — and it cost Wiegmann.

    The Broncos’ starting center the past two years, Wiegmann was released Tuesday, as was veteran running back LaMont Jordan.

    The NFL doesn’t make players more durable than Wiegmann. He played in 8,936 consecutive snaps, an iron-man streak that began with the second game of the 2001 season.

    He turns 37 in July and is hoping to play one more season, in part because he would like to reach the 10,000-snap milestone.

    -Denver Post

  • It’s that time again.

    Have a great Wednesday everyone.

  • RaiderRockstar

    The suit alleges that after Cable was restrained by the other coaches, he threatened to kill Hanson. Defensive assistants John Marshall, Willie Brown and Lionel Washington also attended the meeting, the lawsuit says.


    I wonder what their job status is? Willie Brown retired. Washington was almost replaced by Clancy Pendergast. Mike Waufle could end up replacing Marshall as DC if Dwaine Board stays on staff as DL Coach … just guessing here

    your thoughts?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Hanson is seeking an undisclosed amount of damages in excess of $25,000. He is suing for general damages, past and future lost wages, medical expenses, punitive damages and court costs.


    thats probably half of Cable’s salary!


  • RaiderRockstar

    SD unlikely to keep Sproles – PFT


    would you trade McFadden to Sandy Eggo for Cromartie?

  • RaiderRockstar

    SD needs a new “Raider Killer” for 9 years …

  • RaiderRockstar

    trade McFadden to Philly for McNabb.

    trade Bush and a 3rd rounder to New England for Wilfork.

    trade Russell & Fargas to Minny for a 3rd rounder.

    sign Tomlinson, Westbrook & Edgerrin James for peanuts in free agency …

  • Cromartie is extremely overrated, IMO.

    He got all that pub for returning that one missed FG 108 yards or whatever it was.

    Never watched him and came away that impressed with him, other than he has pretty good hands for a DB.

    I would give them a 4th for him, and that’s it.

    But if they are in the market for an underachieving QB…..

  • RaiderRockstar

    Vegas: do you think we should grab Casey Wiegmann in FA?

    hard to imagine him NOT being an upgrade over guys like Grove, Satele, Morris & Wade in recent seasons!

    CW is obviously just a 1-2 year fix, but that would allow us to have solid play at the center position while we work hard to correct other pressing needs …

  • I’m torn on the Wiegmann idea.

    Surely it doesn’t hurt to have guys like him around. But a one year guy?? I never really like to be the team supporting the retirement tour that is their last season.

    So I would probably pass, but I wouldn’t be upset at all if they brought him in.

  • Norco Bob

    Good morning to all my family in here.

  • How’s that for straddling the fence?

  • Good morning Bob.

    What is the first thing to happen in the morning for you? A pill or a post?

  • RaiderRockstar

    So I would probably pass


    so do you:

    A – Look for another Center in free agency
    B – Draft one in Round 3
    C – stick with Satele/Morris


  • Ah yes…Al and courts..an area Al once believed he was feared.
    The only fear these days is an attorney not getting in on the windfall.
    15 or so years ago it was stated Al Davis had paid out to lawyers over 35 million. I suspect it will go much higher by the time KiffinGate and RandyRandy get done.
    Hanson will collect….big time.
    Considering Hanson was demoted “without cause” and then punished again, along with the actual facts of the hospital visit gives the lawyers AND a jury all the ammo they need to say the Raiders were messing with a guy who claims to have been assaulted.
    AND it’s up to the courts to decide the windfall?

    Yep, lol….BIG BUCKS.

  • RaiderRockstar


    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 roll with Satele/Morris for now, and see if Pouncey is available in round 2 or another C/G prospect in round 3.

    I am of the mindsight to give Henderson another year at LT, and Satele at C at least for the start of the season.

    I am warming up to the idea of Pouncey in round 2 if he is there. Have him play RG to start the year and be our starting C in 2011 if not sooner (if they play football in 2011).

  • RaiderRockstar

    good morning Bobby!

    what are your “insiders” saying about Jaw-Gate?

  • Isn’t Hanson suing for around 25K?

    Lawyer fee’s would be over that for a true civil trial.

    The common sense thing for Al would be to settle and move on. Instead he will probably spend 100K paying for lawyers to fight a 25K lawsuit.

    The genius and stubborness of Al Davis.

    And BTW, Kiffin will not see a dime or a day in court. Kiffin is a hot commodity right now, and he doesn’t want Al bringing in a host of character witnesses to try to damage his credibility/reputation.

    The best thing Kiffin can do is stay away from anything Oakland Raiders related.

  • Good lord, Raiderrockstar…you must have one extremely boring job. First thing you do is sign on here…up to the last second of the day? Dammmmnnnnn….

    And going through hundreds of “should we get this FA?” and “I say we draft, trade, move up, move down, release/sign”?

    When it’s all a total exercise in futility? Knowing full well that none of it will ever happen?
    I mean, hey, to each their own…but still..one thing history has taught us is regardless of what makes total sense, Al Davis is void of same, and all you will get is a ‘WTF??? WHY DID WE PICK HIM?? OMG!!!”

    Go ahead…practice the above..you’ll feel better.

    Trust me! :mrgreen:

  • RaiderRockstar

    Vegas: Isn’t Pouncey the top Center available?

    think he’ll still be on the board 40th overall or whatever pick we have in the 2nd this year ???

    Alex Mack was 21st overall last April!

  • SacRaider

    “Cardinals beat writer Kent Somers suggests free agent LB Karlos Dansby will sign with “the highest bidder.”

    No shocker here. Dansby is a Pro Bowl caliber player in his prime, so this is his best shot to set himself up for life. Though Arizona is still interested in re-signing him, they won’t approach the $30M guaranteed that Dansby is seeking.
    Source: Arizona Republic”

    So in other words, Dansby could be the newest Raider come March 5th..

  • Norco Bob

    I dont have an insider in Alameda anymore,..but clearly Randy deserved his butt getting kicked,…and deserves another one.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Ricky, hard to argue with anything you said in post #457 …

    does that mean you’re not going to answer the previous question #453?

  • I think there is a slight chance he will be there.

    He is slated for a late first/early second it seems, so #40 might be stretching it.

    I don’t think he is the same type of prospect that Mack was coming out.

  • vegas raider Says:
    February 24th, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Isn’t Hanson suing for around 25K?
    I think the comment was ‘at LEAST 25k”.

    I mean…broken jaw? Pain and suffering? Let’s start at 2.5 mil.
    Job future in jeopardy? Add another 2.5 mil.

    Al Davis? Raiders? multiply times 1.5 just for that alone.
    Al insisting that HE get on the stand?

    Put your order in for that Caribbean Island now…and beat the rush.

    The bummer is the total amount received will likely not be revealed, by court order.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Though Arizona is still interested in re-signing him, they won’t approach the $30M guaranteed that Dansby is seeking.


    thats less money than we forked out for JaWalrus!

    lets do it 🙂

  • Norco Bob

    And Toms ex wife deserved it too.

  • RaiderRockstar


    did your ex wife deserve it?