Police Finish Investigation into Alleged Punch

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Napa police have finished their investigation into allegations that Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable assaulted one of his assistants and forwarded the case to the district attorney's office.

Commander Andy Lewis said Monday the case was sent to the district attorney's office for review "very recently." Lewis said the police would have no additional comment on the specifics of the case.

Raiders defensive assistant Randy Hanson was hospitalized with a
broken bone in his face following the Aug. 5 attack that he told police was initiated by a member of the Raiders coaching staff at the team's training camp hotel in Napa.

Hanson initially did not tell police who his assailant was. His attorney, John McGuinn, told NFL.com last week that Hanson told police that Cable was the coach who attacked him. McGuinn did not return a call seeking comment.

Cable denied the allegations in August and said Monday that he would not comment on the most recent reports, saying he'll let the legal process play out. Cable said the reports ever since the alleged attack have not been a distraction for him as he focuses on his job.

"It can't. When it all is resolved, you'll understand why I'm acting the way I am," he said. "It's just something I'm not going to talk about and shouldn't talk about. I'll let that process do its thing."

Hanson was also a key player in the dispute that helped lead to coach Lane Kiffin's firing last season. Kiffin suspended Hanson after the assistant criticized the coaching staff in a meeting following a 41-14 season-opening loss to Denver. Owner Al Davis later reinstated Hanson and Kiffin was fired a few weeks later.

FoxSports.com reported over the weekend that NFL commissioner
Roger Goodell said he wanted to meet with Cable as part of the league's investigation into the incident to determine whether Cable violated the league's personal conduct policy. According to the policy, a coach or player can be disciplined for "violent or threatening behavior among employees, whether in or outside the workplace."

The Raiders will be in New Jersey this weekend to take on the New York Giants, making a meeting with Goodell logistically easy. League spokesman Greg Aiello and Cable both said Monday that no meeting has been scheduled.


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