Randy Hanson: Cable was screaming ‘I'll f****** kill you!'
Randy Hanson finally went on the record, and he said he had no reason to believe Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable wasn’t going to kill him after he allegedly broke his jaw in a melee in a training camp meeting room before fellow assistant coaches freed him.
Speaking to Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports, Hanson reiterated many of the details the National Football Post revealed Aug. 20 when it was reported Hanson would cooperate with Napa, Calif., police in an investigation. Silver’s lengthy interview occurred less than two weeks after Hanson finally met with law enforcement officials and turned over medical records that he said will show he suffered fractured upper left jawbone.
“From my blindside, Tom Cable threw me from my chair and into a piece of furniture that a lamp sat upon,” Hanson told Silver. “He was screaming, ‘I’ll f****** kill you! I’ll f****** kill you!’ And I have no reason to believe he wouldn’t have killed me if they hadn’t pulled him away.
“If my head would’ve hit a different way, I might be dead right now.”
The case now rests in the hands of Napa County district attorney Gary Lieberstein, and AOL Fanhouse reported that Cable has retained a criminal defense attorney. Where it goes from now, no one knows, but it’s been more than two months and we’re not talking about murder here. The NFL is yet to take action, and players no doubt will be paying close attention to what happens based on how they are treated for violations of the league’s personal conduct policy.
Hanson is still being paid by the Raiders, and his contract runs through next season. He declined the opportunity to break down film for the coaching staff or join the personnel side of the operation, options given to him in a meeting with owner Al Davis, who hired Hanson to the staff before naming Cable the coach. It’s widely believed that Hanson was a star witness for Davis in his case against former coach Lane Kiffin, and other assistants were wary of the relationship Hanson had with the owner. One described to the National Football Post how Hanson would linger near the elevator where Davis came out after games, waiting for the opportunity to speak with Davis.
Silver reports that defensive coordinator John Marshall and defensive backs coaches Lionel Washington and Willie Brown have confirmed Hanson’s version of events to police. If that’s the case, the wheels of justice will eventually turn, no matter how long it takes. Whether it means a felony charge against Cable—something that is possible if Hanson’s jaw is indeed broken—remains to be seen. Remember, Cable has denied anything happened. This matter isn’t going to go away that easily, however.
Hanson said he still roots for the Raiders and showed up to meet Silver wearing, what else, silver and black. That doesn’t mean he’s not going to make like Davis and take the matter to court.
“I wish this had never happened. I was hoping it wouldn’t get to this point,’’ Hanson said. “But sometimes you’ve got to be a Raider, too. I mean, if he were in my situation, what would Mr. Davis do?”
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