Biggs: Raiders to investigate abuse claims vs. Cable
If it sounded like Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis had distanced himself somewhat from coach Tom Cable during the entertaining Richard Seymour press conference in September, it sounds as if the czar in the white jumpsuit has taken another step back.
That is what you can interpret, anyway, from a release the team put out this evening regarding the accusations that Cable has a history of violence against women and not just ex-assistant coach Randy Hanson, who Napa police say suffered a broken jaw in a training camp meeting room with Cable and other defensive assistants present.
“In conjunction with the league office, we will undertake a serious evaluation of this matter,’’ the club said in its release. ``We wish to be clear that we do not in any way condone or accept actions such as those alleged. There have been occasions on which we have dismissed Raider employees for having engaged in inappropriate conduct. For reasons of privacy, we kept the basis for those dismissals confidential. We endured public opprobrium for the dismissals, all the while knowing our basis for them was appropriate.’’
Keep in mind the CEO of the Raiders, Amy Trask, is female.
ESPN reported on Sunday that Cable has been accused by former wife Sandy Cable and ex-girlfriend Marie Lutz of physical abuse at different times over the course of their relationships. Cable acknowledged striking Sandy Cable in an incident he said happened more than 20 years ago.
“During my first marriage, I became aware that my wife Sandy had committed adultery,” Cable said in the statement to the Associated Press. “I became very angry and slapped her with an open hand. What I did was wrong and I have regretted and felt sorrow about that moment ever since.”
It’s hard to say what, if any, bearing an incident so far in the past will have on Cable’s standing as the coach of the Raiders, but Lutz accused him of violence as recently as January, and a police report was taken in Alameda, Calif.
The NFL is still looking into the Hanson incident, and Cable could be disciplined for it for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy. Now, the league and the Raiders are going to closely inspect other areas of Cable’s life that he certainly didn’t want examined.
Davis fought hard to build a case vs. former coach Lane Kiffin to fire him for cause. The more distractions mount for Cable, and the more accusations pile up vs. him, Davis might not have to work too hard to put together a case with cause against him. For now, the Raiders head into their bye week with, what else, controversy in the air.
“I'm coaching the Raiders and I think my future is to be the coach of the Raiders,’’ Cable said Monday.
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