Biggs: Women accuse Tom Cable of domestic violence
Randy Hanson’s attorney John McGuinn hinted that bad news was still coming for Tom Cable the day Napa, Calif., officials announced they would not pursue a case against the Oakland Raiders coach for breaking Hanson’s jaw.
Less than two weeks later, it looks like McGuinn knew what was coming when he said everyone would soon find out Cable is “not a nice guy.” After weeks of swirling rumors that Cable might have other issues in his past, reports of alleged domestic violence have come to light in a report by ESPN.
In interviews with ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” an ex-wife Sandy Cable and former girlfriend Marie Lutz both claim that Cable hit them. Another ex-wife that Cable divorced last year, Glenda, said in court documents that “in the past he has been physically and verbally abusive to me.” Glenda and Tom Cable were married for 17 years. She did not speak to ESPN and is reportedly receiving support payments from Cable.
In a report taken by Alameda, Calif., police on Jan. 6, Lutz claims that Cable grabbed her by the left arm, forcing her to fall to the ground and he eventually “pick[ed] her up and pushed her out the front door.” Lutz did not press charges, but showed photos of bruises on the show.
Sandy Cable sought a temporary order of protection vs. Cable in 1989. A court document read “on two occasions, one back in '86 and the other in '88, he hit me. The second time in the face, however on attempts to call law enforcement, my husband would rip the phone out of the wall.” On the show, Glenda Cable produced a letter she says was written by Cable in which he acknowledged hitting her.
Lutz claims that Cable hit her three or four times during their relationship, which lasted two years. Glenda Cable, however, contradicted what she said in court documents in her divorce in a statement to ESPN. She said she has never known him to be violent. Cable’s third and current wife, Carol, issued a statement to ESPN in which she acknowledged she was at Cable’s residence at the time of the Jan. 6 argument with Lutz, but that no altercation took place. Cable declined to comment through his attorney.
This doesn’t directly impact whether or not Hanson will have success in a potential civil suit vs. Cable and or the Raiders organization. It does paint Cable as a man with a history of anger and violence. It does create more of a distraction for an organization in turmoil. Cable could still face discipline from commissioner Roger Goodell for the Hanson incident, and certainly the league will want to know if these skeletons in his closet are real or imaginary.
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