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As his case wobbles, Randy Hanson offers to take lie detector, drug test

The best evidence that Raiders defensive assistant Randy Hanson’s jaw has healed?

He’s using it.  A lot.

After giving a lengthy interview to Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports last week, Hanson has now responded to recent reports and comments regarding the situation.

First, in the wake of our report that the three assistants in the room did not corroborate Hanson’s version of the events that unfolded between himself and coach Tom Cable, Hanson tells Yahoo! Sports that he’s willing to take a lie detector test — and he has offered to pay for Cable to take one, too.

Second, in response to a suggestion from former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski that Hanson is using drugs, Hanson tells Yahoo! Sports that he’s willing to take a drug test — and he has offered to pay for Cable to take one, too.

But here’s the most important aspect of the new Yahoo! Sports report from Silver and Jason Cole.  Despite Silver’s prior report, citing an unnamed source that likely was Hanson or his lawyer, that the assistant coaches corroborated Hanson’s story, Yahoo! Sports now reports that, based on the statements from the assistant coaches, the case against Cable is “really iffy.”

“There was a touching that, under the law, might be considered not good
for Cable,” the source told Yahoo! Sports.  “There was a confrontation.  Hanson
tumbled over. . . .  Part of the issue is, what does ‘push’ mean.  Somebody
invaded his space.  It’s real weak.  No choking.  No pushing him up
against the wall.  He grabbed him by the shirt front and yelled at him.”

Hanson’s lawyer, John McGuinn, shrugs his shoulders at this stunning contradiction of his client’s claims, saying that it’s “still assault.”

Maybe.  But it’s not felony assault.  And it’s arguably not even misdemeanor assault.

It still might be civil assault, however.  And that might be enough to fend off a possible lawsuit against Hanson by Cable for defamation, since Hanson could file a counterclaim against Cable for causing his broken jaw through an intentional touching that caused a potentially unintended outcome.

And now McGuinn is applying extra pressure to the Napa authorities considering whether to prosecute Cable, or McGuinn possibly is beginning to stomp on sour grapes.

“They are going to try to think of every excuse they can not to
prosecute [Cable] because they don’t want to lose the business,”
McGuinn said.  “The city of Napa police department and the [county] DA’s
office are dragging their feet as much as they can.  If this thing would
go away, they would love it.  There’s no question about it.”

Or maybe — and here’s a novel thought — the prosecutor is trying to do the right thing.  Or maybe the prosecutors is resisting a rush to prosecute because they sense that McGuinn and Hanson are trying to hard to obtain a major piece of leverage that can be used against Cable and the Raiders to finagle a seven-figure settlement.

And while it’s possible that the three assistant coaches have slanted their stories to help their employer, the reality is that good lawyers can develop inconsistencies between multiple versions that suggest intentional untruthfulness — and good lawyers can sense when there seems to have been too much effort to get stories straight.

Good lawyers also are at least a little suspicious of whether a person who might be motivated by the sound of an old-school cash register possibly has supplied, initially on an off-the-record basis and later on the record, a string of inconsistent accounts. 

Here, the first reports were that Cable punched Hanson.  Then, there was a suggestion that he hit his head against a filing cabinet.  Finally, Hanson said that he was pushed out of a chair and hit his head on a table.

From the perspective of the criminal case, the ultimate question is whether a jury would find guilt on Cable’s part beyond a reasonable doubt.  And it appears that the prosecutor is concerned that a conviction might be too hard to get.

It also appears that prosecutor might be concerned that he’s getting played by a lawyer who, like Jackie Chiles and the cigarette companies, has always wanted a piece of the Raiders. 

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37 Responses to “As his case wobbles, Randy Hanson offers to take lie detector, drug test”
  1. rodstiffington says: Oct 16, 2009 7:45 AM

    WAH WAH WAH!!! You got your ass beat. Tuck your cock between your legs and go home.

  2. RickUpchurch says: Oct 16, 2009 7:50 AM

    Hanson should offer to pay for the lie detector for the assistant coaches as well.
    Hanson is screwed because you know the NFL is sick of fighting with Al Davis, three assistant coaches probably fear getting blackballed by other teams since Oakland will probably clean house at season’s end (unless Davis evaluates coaches like quarterbacks) and the police department doesn’t want the Raiders mad at them since so many officers get time-and-a-half working Raiders games to chaperone all the poser tough guys wearing mascara and Halloween costumes.

  3. LighTsouT says: Oct 16, 2009 8:03 AM

    “McGuinn and Hanson are trying to hard to obtain a major piece of leverage that can be used against Cable and the Raiders to finagle a seven-figure settlement.”
    trying too hard. ;D

  4. raven says: Oct 16, 2009 8:04 AM

    um, is there a way that this whole fiascio could get a little more weird????

  5. The Jimmy says: Oct 16, 2009 8:17 AM

    I’ve not paid a lot of attention to this, but how does somebody end up with a broken jaw if all he did was “grab him by the shirt front and yell at him”?

  6. Chris Fiorentino says: Oct 16, 2009 8:19 AM

    “Or maybe — and here’s a novel thought — the prosecutor is trying to do the right thing.”
    Funny how you never ever have the “novel thought” that maybe Michael Vick has changed his ways…or that Randy Moss was actually hurt and not trying to dog his way onto the Vikings to play with Brett Favre…or maybe…ah forget it. Doesn’t matter with you. You have your inherent biases and you will never change.

  7. bobinpuertorico says: Oct 16, 2009 8:19 AM

    The assistant coaches confirm that Cable is completely innocent. It was nothing more than a gentle push that broke Hanson’s jaw. There is no reason to doubt the assistant coaches, because their jobs reporting to Cable would not be at risk if they gave statements against him. The are 100% unbiased witnesses to what happened.

  8. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Oct 16, 2009 8:19 AM

    Move along, nothing to see here, Haters.

  9. shea801 says: Oct 16, 2009 8:29 AM

    Thanks rodstiffington, now I’ve got a picture of Hanson dancing in front of a camera on a tripod to “White Horses”
    As if the Raiders season wasn’t painful enough now I have to think of that. Thanks, ass ;)

  10. TheDPR says: Oct 16, 2009 8:29 AM

    So if you push someone, they fall, and break their jaw, it’s somehow not as bad as punching them? Who makes these dumbass laws?

  11. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 16, 2009 8:36 AM

    Any comment from Cal OSHA on an investigation/fine? They might be waiting for final DA’s report as well. Something from them would make a civil case much easier for Hanson to follow, if no criminal charges are pressed.
    Hanson looks like a weasel, pushing for lie detectors is always a desperate move. For awhile I was actually hoping for charges against Cable. Someone needs to be punished for continuing to play J-Mac.

  12. raybin says: Oct 16, 2009 8:48 AM

    What a b.s. grandstanding gesture by Hanson. Lie detectors mean zilch in a court of law. He knows Cable will say no and then can run around yelling about how Cable is hiding something. Lie detectors are such a pile of crap.
    Did anyone else hear the juicy rumor that Cable had discovered that Hanson was dealing drugs to staff and even a few players, which is why he attacked him?

  13. Flyingelvislogosucksbringbackpatpatriot says: Oct 16, 2009 8:49 AM

    Jeez Florio now your inviting Raider nation to Beat you up! But then again, how hard can a cartoon character hit. “Poser” tough guys, Good Discription of the Bay Area Girlymen.

  14. Aequitas says: Oct 16, 2009 8:49 AM

    Florio,
    Are you implying you’re a good lawyer?

  15. bearsrule says: Oct 16, 2009 9:08 AM

    I guarantee you this weasel was Al’s locker room butt licker and snitch. I don’t advocate violence in the workplace, but sometimes a person gets what they ask for.

  16. Big G says: Oct 16, 2009 9:13 AM

    This doesn’t sound like a football guy talking this sounds like one ot them liberal heart leaning pussies that got timeouts & never played in his back yard as a kid growing up. Sounds like a little girl. That is the biggest problems with American men these days. We are raising are sons to be pussies. The guy thinks by tring his case in public opinion that he can force the DA to prosecute. Sounds like a pussy who really looks bad probably to his own family too. Not a Raider fan at all, but I really am not a fan of a man who can’t take an ass whupping like a man.

  17. Junior says: Oct 16, 2009 9:14 AM

    “They are going to try to think of every excuse they can not to prosecute [Cable] because they don’t want to lose the business,” McGuinn said. “The city of Napa police department and the [county] DA’s office are dragging their feet as much as they can. If this thing would go away, they would love it. There’s no question about it.”
    Really? The last time I checked, the Mariott in Napa is about the only entity that benefits from the Raiders having their training camp there. No practices are open to the public, people aren’t there to watch the team then go out to restaurants, book hotels and provide a financial boost to the economy. The only fan event during training camp is held at the Coliseum in Oakland. So if the Napa Mariott has that much pull with the DA, then McGuinn might be right but I seriously doubt it.

  18. Rusty23 says: Oct 16, 2009 9:20 AM

    RickUpdork
    The guy keeps changing his story so everyone else should take a lie detector test? If there’s a case the DA will make it.
    As far as those “posers” go, since you obviously have not been to a game in Oakland, you ought to meet a few of those guys. I doubt you would say anything to them in person you internet tough guy. Personally, I think the costumes are a bit much but I certainly won’t tell people how they should or shouldn’t dress for a game or to support a team.

  19. Stoogie says: Oct 16, 2009 9:26 AM

    “Or maybe — and here’s a novel thought — the prosecutor is trying to do the right thing.”
    Gerald Poindexter disagrees with you on that point.

  20. SirSuperSouthern says: Oct 16, 2009 9:29 AM

    I know all a lawyer ultimately has to do is convince half of jury of reasonable doubt, but c’mon! How much wiggle room can Cable’s legal team possibly find??? He broke a guy’s jaw in front of at least three other people whose stories may differ but all point conclusively in the same direction. Their versions of the story will probably all be a lot closer when they have to recount them under oath.
    I mean, what kind of person making at least six figures per presses charges on their boss for getting rough in a profession where being tough means so much? It would be completely illogical. Seeing as how Hanson is being brave and sticking up for himself, I’ll be disgusted if Cable’s lawyers loophole him outta this one…

  21. LiveNBreatheFootball says: Oct 16, 2009 9:40 AM

    What is a “push?” Seriously?????? I know you no longer practice law Florio, but c’mon you must remember something. A push is an unwanted touching. In this case, said unwanted touching led to a fricking broken jaw. It is a MINIMUM a misdemeanor assault. It is not most likely not a misdemeanor assault. People get assault for spitting. If you actually go so far as to push someone — especially as is clear there was anger involved — it should be prosecuted.

  22. KaiserSoze says: Oct 16, 2009 9:46 AM

    How is this a surprise?
    The three assistants were given their versions of what happened by the guy that signs the paychecks.
    As sez: “Don’t rock the boat”

  23. slipkid says: Oct 16, 2009 10:08 AM

    i bet hanson is open to being traded.

  24. snnyjcbs says: Oct 16, 2009 10:11 AM

    I tried to tell you some time ago that with time, Hanson was going to show himself to be a wack.
    After the Blackmail of the Raiders did not work he made up a story that MANY of you bought with, “I will kill you, I am going to kill you”.lol
    He now changes his story a couple days before he knows they are not buying his bull shit and the truth is going to come out.
    Yes with all the media people building this up into something it is not. If I was the DA I would take all the time I needed to cross all the T’s so that after the public finds out they are not going to file any charges they are covered.
    Wow, this Hanson played all you media types as nothing more than a bunch of fools. And you all road along with it with such joy because it was the Raiders.
    Looks like you all are going to be getting a face full as the truth comes out and coach Cable walks because this Hansons a nut.

  25. Colinito says: Oct 16, 2009 10:16 AM

    Michael Silver is a douche. Nice Gloria Vanderbilt frames wannabe

  26. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Oct 16, 2009 10:39 AM

    # raybin says: October 16, 2009 8:48 AM
    Did anyone else hear the juicy rumor that Cable had discovered that Hanson was dealing drugs to staff and even a few players, which is why he attacked him?
    ===================================
    I asked Florio to look into this earlier this morning, raybin.
    I read he was supplying some players with Meth and Cable freaked when he found out.

  27. purpleguy says: Oct 16, 2009 10:50 AM

    While Cable assaulted Hanson in some fashion, Hanson is still known as a snivelling little weasel playing political games. He was when he was with the Vikes, and still is with the Raiders.

  28. DocBG says: Oct 16, 2009 11:01 AM

    “good lawyers can sense when there seems to have been too much effort to get stories straight.” – Quote from story
    Thankfully that hasn’t been the case with content on PFT

  29. cunn9305 says: Oct 16, 2009 11:25 AM

    Yes spontaneous jaw breaks are quite a well known phenomenon in the medical community … especially in Oakland …

  30. texasPHINSfan says: Oct 16, 2009 11:50 AM

    the biggest problem with this assumption, florio, is that you are assuming there are “good” lawyers out there, or prosecuters “trying to do the right thing.”
    if that’s the case, then *that* is a bigger story than hanson & cable.
    I’ve never met a good lawyer or a lawyer that tried to do the right thing.

  31. AutumnWind999 says: Oct 16, 2009 11:57 AM

    Michael Silver is Queen of the Raider haters. Why am I not surprised he ran with a story too soon and with too little of the other side of the story when it’s something that makes the Raiders look bad.
    Having said that, I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing for Raider fans that Cable is going to be unscathed by this, considering the 1-4 record and three consecutive blowout losses.

  32. GentlemanEdward says: Oct 16, 2009 12:06 PM

    “Just whine, Baby.”

  33. VonClausewitz says: Oct 16, 2009 1:32 PM

    Just goes to show that you can never expect an organization to be honest or do the right thing. When you’re in this type of situation you best get your pieces in play as soon as you can (ie. hire a detective to record testimony from the assistants, etc.).
    Obviously Hanson was hit by Cable and this led to the broken jaw. And obviously the other people who were there are keeping mum because they fear the repercussions of admitting the truth. But this story would never even have happened, or made it to PFT months ago, had something not happened. The fact that it did, and the story was originally Tom Cable breaking Hanson’s jaw, meant it happened. Someone explain how this very specific rumor would even pop into existence otherwise. Clearly Hanson is not a genius spin doctor. So how? All these attempts by the Raiders to change history and blur the line between assault and accident stand out in sharp relief when the simple facts are examined.
    Florio may have just put himself and PFT in a Deion Sanders-esque disclosure position. Rather than wasting time on silly things like lie detectors Hanson needs to hire a strong attorney and subpoena PFT for the leads and the story copy. Unless Hanson does a turtle this story ain’t going away. And Tom Cable better watch his ass. He’s not that far from perjury.

  34. Bo Darville says: Oct 16, 2009 2:56 PM

    I bet all of them were high on purple drank and can’t remember a thing.

  35. thecree says: Oct 16, 2009 3:06 PM

    Aequitas says:
    October 16, 2009 8:49 AM
    Florio,
    Are you implying you’re a good lawyer?
    Nah, let me tell you why-if he was a good lawyer he coulda gotten plax off.

  36. penguininbondage says: Oct 16, 2009 8:10 PM

    You;re wrong Mike. He doesn’t have to even touch him. If the guys is in fear of physical assault and attempts to retreat and in the retreat becomes injured, Cable is just as guilty.
    It’s like a person fleeing from an attackeer that runs in front of a car and is killed or a person dropping dead from a heart attack during the commission of a crime.

  37. raiderfan29 says: Oct 17, 2009 6:10 AM

    Mike Florio needs to reread the yahoo article this time without his head up his ass! Nowhere in that article does it imply that Hanson’s story has ever changed. Where do you get your information? I read the same article and this is an unfair and unjust reaction to it. Tom Cable’s insecurity got the best of him. Perhaps this enlightening study could add some insight.
    http://www.physorg.com/news174669663.html

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