Women's group believes Cable should be suspended
The National Organization for Women believes Tom Cable should not be coaching the Oakland Raiders while the team investigates allegations that Cable has a history of violent behavior toward women.
Cable said Wednesday he has spoken with Raiders owner Al Davis within the past two days and that his job status was not discussed. Cable said he plans to coach the team for the remainder of the season.
In an e-mailed statement to USA Today on Wednesday, NOW president Terry O'Neill said, "Tom Cable's history of violence against women raises a question: why is he still the head coach of an NFL team?
"Mr. Cable admits having battered his first wife, and he stands accused of battering two other intimate partners as well. As a survivor of domestic violence, I know that women do not make such accusations lightly. Indeed, women have much more to lose than to gain by coming forward to tell their stories."
"The Oakland Raiders, properly, say they are undergoing a 'serious evaluation' of these recent allegations," O'Neill wrote in the e-mail. "At the very least he should be suspended during this process. ... A man who has admitted battering his wife has no business being a role model for all of us who would like to be able to look up to the head coach of an NFL football team."
In allegations made to ESPN's "Outside The Lines" that were reported Sunday, Cable's first wife, Sandy Cable, and his former girlfriend, Marie Lutz, said the coach physically abused them at various times during their respective relationships.
Cable released a statement Sunday acknowledging striking Sandy Cable with an open hand. Cable said the altercation happened more than 20 years ago and was the only time he's ever touched a woman inappropriately. He stood by that statement Wednesday, declining to answer any questions on the topic.