A day after word first emerged that Raiders defensive assistant Randy Hanson was punched by a member of the staff who later was identified as head coach Tom Cable, the facts are anything but clear.
And they likely won’t be for a while.
ESPN’s Mark Schlereth — who should be disclosing to the ESPN audience that he played college football with Cable at Idaho — continues to wave the flag for his former teammate, insisting that no punches were thrown.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen has added some facts, reporting that “Hanson broke a facial bone when his cheek hit a cabinet in a team meeting room when Cable flipped him out of his chair.”
Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike In The Morning, John Clayton reported that the league might take an even more careful look at this situation, since the league’s Human Resources department recently advised coaching staffs and explained that they can’t do things like break each other’s faces.
So stay tuned. It’s obvious that something happened. And while Cable might not have rearranged Hanson’s face with a fist, Cable apparently did enough to draw some type of discipline, either from the Raiders or from the league.