Now that ‘most’ of the truth is out about the Randy Hanson affair, Tom Cable will now stop answering questions about whether or not he’s worried about going to the big house. Instead of being asked if he’s worried about the Napa County D.A., he’ll be asked if he’s worried about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Most likely, the answer will be the same.
Prior to the Napa D.A.’s announcement that they wouldn’t be pursuing any charges, Cable was asked Thursday afternoon about how difficult the situation has been for him and if he’d thought about it much. “I have not,” Cable replied.
“I coach this team, that’s my job and I’ve really been focused on it. The fact that I believe in what’s right, that’s really all I can say. I trust it.“
After requesting information about the league’s investigation into the Cable-Hanson altercation, an NFL spokesman responded with the following:
We will review the decision announced earlier today by the Napa District Attorney and the facts developed in the underlying investigation. Following that review, we will take appropriate action, if any, under our policies.
During the Lieberstein press conference on Thursday afternoon, the D.A. was asked about what some of the investigation uncovered about the reports of Cable threatening Hanson. “The only person in that room who has related that there were threats was Mr. Hanson,” said the district attorney who is up for re-election next year. “There were three other people – well, there were four other people, obviously we don’t have Mr. Cable’s view, for reasons I stated. There were three other witnesses in that room.”
But we have no evidence that physical threats were made. If they were, that would have been something we factored into whether we filed charges. And let me just say: If it was the way you were reading in the press, that he had been punched, physically hit, slammed against the wall and threatened to kill him, we would be having a very different conversation here. We don’t believe the evidence supports that, and we’re not gonna bring a case in front of a jury that we can’t prove.
– Napa D.A. Gary Lieberstein on reports of Cable striking Hanson
Three other coaches were interviewed by Napa Police, and according to Hanson’s own admission, they were probably John Marshall, Willie Brown, and definitely Lionel Washington who stood in between Cable and Hanson to prevent any physical confrontation.
If you haven’t read the D.A.’s release, then you need to know that Hanson’s injury was caused by Cable bumping Washington, who bumped into Hanson leaning back in his chair with his feet on the table. You know the pose. It’s the pose that the bad guy usually takes in the movies. It’s the type of thing that your mother told you NOT to do for reasons ranging from possibly falling back (like Hanson did) and killing yourself to getting the table dirty with your feet.
So who are the losers in all of this? Obviously, Hanson is the biggest loser. Not only did he lose his job, but now it’s nearly confirmed that he’s embellished what actually happened and it seems as though his team mug shot is worth a thousand words about the type of guy he is. Not only will Hanson find it difficult to gain employment in the NFL, but he might not be able to coach a Pop Warner football team after all of this.
The other losers in all of this. Some of the journalists who weren’t covering the Raiders, but still breaking stories that none of the actual beat writers were privy to regarding the case. I’m not going to mention any names, but no doubt by now you’ve read at least one of these stories that had exclusive interviews with someone from the Hanson camp.
The last, and most important, loser from all of this is Raider Nation. Since the middle of August, they’ve been subjected to the speculation that the season could very well be over for the Raiders before it had even started. After the team started off with a 1-3 record, many had given up that things in Alameda had changed since Cable took over.
Instead of the eternal hope that nearly every fan of every team has at the start of the season, Raider Nation was robbed of that hope. I’m sure that there was hope, but the hope of the costume-clad fans was tainted by the news that the Raiders would have an obstacle other than officiating to overcome if they were to finally make it to the promised land that is the NFL playoffs.
For that alone, somebody should be suspended by Roger Goodell–and it’s not Tom Cable. In the end, even that doesn’t matter much. After all, suspending an out of work assistant coach who irritates nearly everyone he works for isn’t justice at all–unless someone in the league is foolish enough to give him a job.