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Cable's not in clear even if charges aren't brought

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported tonight on Monday NFL Countdown that there is no planned meeting between Raiders coach Tom Cable and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell regarding the broken jaw of Raiders assistant Randy Hanson.

Speaking of a possible meeting to discuss the incident, Mortensen said, “That’s not going to be imminent.  [Cable is] a first-time offender under the Personal Conduct Policy.  There have to be charges filed and, as a first-time offender, there has to be adjudication.  In other words, there has to be a trial and conviction and a plea.  He’s a long time off before he ever gets to the Commissioner.”

But even if criminal charges are not filed, Cable would not be in the clear based on the language in the personal conduct policy which Goodell and the league enacted in 2007.

The policy reads:  “The standard of socially responsible conduct for NFL employees will be higher.  Club and league employees will be held to a higher standard than players.  Conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the NFL will be subject to discipline, even if not criminal in nature.”

And listed among the grounds for discipline are:  “Violent or threatening behavior among employees, whether in or outside the workplace” and “[c]onduct that imposes inherent danger to the safety and well-being of another person.”

So while a meeting between Cable and Goodell may be a “long time off” as Mort said, it should occur, even if criminal charges aren’t ultimately brought.

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24 Responses to “Cable's not in clear even if charges aren't brought”
  1. AutumnWind999 says: Oct 5, 2009 11:57 PM

    Hey, it was an accident, baby. I swear.

  2. southernboi727 says: Oct 5, 2009 11:58 PM

    So what is gonna the penalty. Cheaters(patriots*) coach gets a big fine and no suspension. How is Goodell gonna discipline Cable for his actions. Can’t wait to see it.

  3. RaiderChile says: Oct 6, 2009 12:04 AM

    The Raiders’ woes will never end until Davis is gone. The the 4-6 year wait after he’s gone. Who will run the team?

  4. LiveNBreatheFootball says: Oct 6, 2009 12:04 AM

    This is a bit off topic, but how does the wording of that policy affect the “single entity” argument up before the Supreme Court? The first sentence says “NFL employees.” The second breaks that out into “club and league employees.”

  5. blancanieve says: Oct 6, 2009 12:04 AM

    Cable does not deserve to be a nfl head coach regardless if its a bad team or a good team you do not touch any one that works with you or employed by you

  6. snnyjcbs says: Oct 6, 2009 12:11 AM

    When all is said and done nothing will come from this. If all was so black and white charges would have come long before now.
    You want to play you pay and when you come out on the wrong end you do not run like a snitch after your attempts to use the situation to get a better job within the organization is beat down by the owner.
    The Raiders told the punk to hit the road and the attempted blackmail got nowhere.
    Nothing that I cannot stand more than a punk.

  7. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 6, 2009 12:18 AM

    Suspend someone two games for violent felony activity over a 4 year span.
    Suspend someone for a season for killing a person while drunk.
    Break another coaches jaw, hey he is a first time offender. Probably an accident, am I right?
    I don’t see Warden Goodell imposing anything other than a fine.

  8. CincyJungle says: Oct 6, 2009 12:19 AM

    Cable is a felony criminal if the accusation is true.
    He’ll get a bonus from Al Davis.

  9. endzoneview says: Oct 6, 2009 12:26 AM

    Just Plead No Contest Baby!

  10. FumbleNuts says: Oct 6, 2009 12:45 AM

    The Frickin’ Cable guy will get a slap on the wrist.

  11. maskedman says: Oct 6, 2009 1:00 AM

    “I see nothing wrong with touching your employees.”
    David Letterman

  12. AutumnWind999 says: Oct 6, 2009 1:02 AM

    The league will probably just punish the Raiders by screwing them over repeatedly with strange, inexplicable and downright horrendous in-game officiating.
    Oh, wait …

  13. bearsrule says: Oct 6, 2009 1:25 AM

    If Cable were a horse, he would have been shot by now.

  14. baddoggie says: Oct 6, 2009 2:55 AM

    CABLE BOMA YE!!!CABLE BOMA YE!!!CABLE BOMA YE!!!

  15. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Oct 6, 2009 6:55 AM

    I’m sure big John has “advised” Goodell to drop this altogether.

  16. alewatcher says: Oct 6, 2009 7:08 AM

    Cable is a joke of a coach, on a joke of a team, with a joke of a QB and joke of an owner.

  17. INVAIDUH says: Oct 6, 2009 7:34 AM

    It’s the only offense cable has.

  18. Bender says: Oct 6, 2009 7:39 AM

    break the jaw of someone in your office and see how long you are around before you are fired.

  19. meezle says: Oct 6, 2009 8:24 AM

    How long did steve smith get suspended and was that league or team imposed?
    Whatever that penalty was he should receive that and maybe a little more.
    Anything else will mean there is a double standard

  20. Patsfan1776 says: Oct 6, 2009 8:36 AM

    Goodell is going to impose an enormous penalty. He will force Cable to work for Al Davis for 2 more years as head coach of one of the bottom 3 teams in the NFL.

  21. Cecil says: Oct 6, 2009 9:10 AM

    “The league will probably just punish the Raiders by screwing them over repeatedly with strange, inexplicable and downright horrendous in-game officiating.
    Oh, wait …”
    Right, that’s been the Raiders’ problem. It’s those darned cheatin’ officials.

  22. BigEasy says: Oct 6, 2009 10:38 AM

    Let’s settle this once and for all: Calling all UFC promoters…….Get Tom Cable and LeGarrette Blount and lets since who the real man is….since sucker punching is cool!!!!

  23. tombrookshire says: Oct 6, 2009 10:43 AM

    As a 20 year veteran of HR, even though the NFL standard for club employees and management is supposedly higher than that of the players, it is not even close to the standard to which the average company employee is held. If an employee struck, let alone, broke the jaw of a fellow employee, out the door he or she would go, immediately, and permanently. Regardless of how valuable that employee is supposed to be to the organization. There is a zero tolerance policy for workplace violence in business today because the potential of future lawsuits, and the blow to the reputation of the company is too much to risk. (Although the Raiders image seems to be enhanced, here). The fact that Cable is not out on his butt amazing. And, that the police, 2 months in, are still farting around their “investigation” rather than walkingt this bum out of the building in cuffs and charging him with felony assault and battery is unexplainable. Just let you or me try something like this in our workplace. Just two standards, baby.

  24. Wrathchild says: Oct 6, 2009 10:51 AM

    Only in professional sports can you break the jaw of a subordinate (or anyone else in your company) and still be employed.

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