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Investigation over, but no decision yet whether to charge Cable

Raiders coach Tom Cable could still face a league-mandated suspension from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

It’s uncertain, though, if Cable will also face prosecution for the incident involving Raiders defensive assistant Randy Hanson, but NFL’s Jason La Canfora reports that the investigation is complete.

Lee Philipson, the Assistant District Attorney for Napa County, California, says that no decision has been made yet in Cable’s case.  It’s still “under review.”

A report from Yahoo! Sunday night said that an arrest could come anytime, and the Raiders were trying to make plans in case Cable is taken away.

“Everybody is trying to figure out who’s going to take over if Tom isn’t
here,” an anonymous assistant coach told Jason Cole.  “John Marshall has a lot of experience, he’s probably the
guy. But it’s nuts. It’s crazy when you start to really think about it.”

Yes it is, even for the Raiders.

The NFL is investigating the matter, but League spokesman Greg Aiello told the league’s website that there is no planned meeting between Commissioner Roger Goodell and Cable, despite a report to the contrary on Fox Sunday. 

For now, the league appears to be treating the issue as a law enforcement matter.

Aiello said the league “will proceed accordingly at the appropriate time.”

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23 Responses to “Investigation over, but no decision yet whether to charge Cable”
  1. MattMoore For 09 says: Oct 5, 2009 3:29 PM

    Throw the book at him NFL. And make sure to bring the 4x handcuffs.

  2. ItalianArmyGuy says: Oct 5, 2009 3:35 PM

    The bad news is that Goodell has decided to destroy Randy Hanson’s jaw, to avoid any other team getting a competitive advantage from it.

  3. Patsfan1776 says: Oct 5, 2009 3:38 PM

    Aillo said, “nothing to see here, move along people. If ESPN isn’t reporting it, it never really happened. Employers always get into fights with employees in every major corporation with the fights resulting in a broken jaw.”

  4. raybin says: Oct 5, 2009 3:38 PM

    Inept quarterbacking? Check.
    Diastrous offensive line play? Check.
    Antiquated offensive system? Check.
    Defense made to look better than it is because opponents shut down the offense in the second half? Check.
    Yep, looks like the epic failure of the 2006 season to me. Now, what’s the one thing that could possibly make it worse…
    ….ah, yes, the head coach getting arrested.
    Al will fire Cable during the bye week, John Marshall will run the season out and then Al will hire Jim Fassel or Dennis Green or Herm Edwards, just to make me really think about eating a gun (metaphorically of course).
    Tough times to be a member of Raider Nation.

  5. Florida Boi says: Oct 5, 2009 3:39 PM

    It really doesnt matter who coaches the Raiders, they’re still gonna suck. They probably will be better off just going out there and playing some back yard football games instead of having a coach.

  6. Resolution says: Oct 5, 2009 3:48 PM

    What despicable behavior. But also – why did this guy not retaliate? Unless he did and we don’t know.
    I think most people would happily agree with my statement of “If my boss broke my jaw, I’d return the favor.”

  7. stabkoff says: Oct 5, 2009 3:50 PM

    I hope he is arrested, then suspended for a minimum of 2 games by the NFL. This nonsense must stop in Oakland.
    Al Davis you need to step down!!

  8. ILIKEPIE says: Oct 5, 2009 3:52 PM

    Goodell says “Coaching for Al Davis enough punishment”

  9. HarrisonHits says: Oct 5, 2009 3:53 PM

    Wonder how much its going to cost the Zombie Al Davis to bribe the prosecutor.
    “Al will hire Jim Fassel or Dennis Green or Herm Edwards”
    What possibly makes you think any of those guys would go to the Raiders ?
    The last 2 times they did a coaching search every coach with significant experience refused to interview or turned the job down. No one competent wants to go there. Ok so maybe that statement doesn’t cover Herm Edwards LOL

  10. Wiscdave says: Oct 5, 2009 3:53 PM

    Aren’t the Lions the last team to have a coach arrested? You can see where this thought ends…

  11. VonClausewitz says: Oct 5, 2009 3:54 PM

    Honestly if this were a player he’d be suspended right now. Goodell doesn’t necessarily suspend based on what the authorities do. He suspends when the evidence is clear. In this case the evidence is clear – Cable broke a guy’s jaw. They need to be consistent and suspend him now. Any other considerations that might be included in this decision, such as affecting the team, are moot in this case. It’s the Raiders. They’re not going anywhere this year. So it doesn’t matter. This thing should have been addressed months ago when it happened as it is.

  12. twinkletoes says: Oct 5, 2009 4:00 PM

    Combined with Jamarcus’ horrid performance so far, a possible arrest of the Raiders’ head coach will be like icing on the cake of disaster that Al Davis has cooked up for us in the Nation.
    All of us in the Raider Nation still remember those last few years prior to the Gruden/Allen regime. Still sends shivers up my spine to think of how debacled the team was back then. Absolutely no hope in sight.
    We are now headed into year 7 of Al Davis’ “reload” approach to building a winner. He has no one around him to call him on his b.s. decision-making. There’s no one to talk him out of his unwise personnel decisions. He spends more time trying to get the last word in than he does in righting this mess. And the worst part is, he thinks he still “gets it.”
    He’s living in the past. He refuses to live in the now. Which is odd, considering he always wants to win NOW but is unwilling to take the steps to ensure this.
    The cameras caught a shot of Richard Seymour standing on the field, waiting for the Texans to break out of their huddle. Boy, I’m quite sure he’s wishing that he had signed an extension, ANYTHING to avoid the situation he’s now in. The Raiders will have to franchise him or give him more money than Haynesworth got to convince him to willingly remain on deck the Titanic. At least he has his memories to remind him of how great he used to have it. That’s more than you can say about the players on this team that have toughed it out and known nothing but losing their entire NFL careers. I doubt that Morrison and Howard hang around when free agency begins. Al Davis doesn’t pay LBs anyways. The Rob Fredrickson experiment didn’t work out (at least with the Raiders), so Al gave up on paying them.
    It’s amazing to contemplate the fact that as Raiders fans, we know that this team probably hasn’t hit rock bottom yet. We have seen this movie before, so we know that we’re still very early in the story. History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes. Barring a defensive TD or a special teams break, there is a very real possibility that the Raiders get shut out by the Giants this Sunday. If Manning can play, it will get ugly early on.
    God save the Raiders, ’cause Al Davis won’t!!!

  13. raybin says: Oct 5, 2009 4:04 PM

    Fassel actually sent a letter to Davis this off-season that was a sort of a “Hey, I’m available if you need me” message. Davis went with Cable, but I’m sure he still remembers Fassel’s availability.
    Frankly, I think Edwards and Green might take the job only because they both want to get back into coaching and no other franchise in the NFL would even think about hiring them.

  14. oldschool says: Oct 5, 2009 4:09 PM

    I would sentence him to changing Al Davis’s pullup
    three times a day …..oh wait that’s already his job.

  15. PimP JuicE MaN says: Oct 5, 2009 4:18 PM


  16. raybin says: Oct 5, 2009 4:25 PM

    As a long suffering member of Raider Nation, I agree 100 percent, twinkletoes.
    I remember those years between Shell Part 1 and Gruden–Mike White and Joe Bugel. Ye gods. I was dumb enough to think it couldn’t get any worse than that.
    Someone said that, given the performance of the offense against a Texan defense that was among the worst in the league, when they step onto the field with the Giants “D”, it’ll be the equivalent of Armageddon. I agree. Could see JaMarcus go 7 for 34 for 41 yards and get sacked 7 times with three fumbles and an interception. The combined running game might eke out 30 net yards.

  17. TheWizard says: Oct 5, 2009 4:51 PM

    It takes months to investigate an assault?

  18. Bigbluefan says: Oct 5, 2009 5:38 PM

    If he does not go to jail for this then maybe then can lock him up for his coaching what he is doing with a team is a crime

  19. TFBuckFutter says: Oct 5, 2009 5:53 PM

    A Cable suspension could be very disastrous to the Raiders playoff hopes.

  20. WashingtonRedstorms says: Oct 5, 2009 6:06 PM

    Cable is the next Madden.
    Just take away his Twinkies and Ding Dongs as punishment.

  21. comment_submission_error says: Oct 5, 2009 6:51 PM

    Fassel begged Davis for the job last offseason, which tells you all you need to know about Fassel. Nobody worth a crap will touch that job. Davis even gets turned down by college assistants. Jim Harbaugh might want to think about changing his number.

  22. snnyjcbs says: Oct 5, 2009 6:58 PM

    I will save you all a little time. There will be no arrest of coach Cable.
    The NFL will also take no action do to no foundation for any arrest.
    There you all go, all the bull and Peyton Place garbage you all love to spread was nothing but a bunch bull with none of you people knowing a thing about any of this.

  23. Quagmire says: Oct 5, 2009 7:16 PM

    You could have a promotion where you pick one of, the few fans, at a home game to coach the team for the week…can’t be any worse, right?

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