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Randy Hanson sues Raiders, Cable

Raiders employee Randy Hanson, who returned to work several months after allegedly having his jaw broken by coach Tom Cable, is emulating his boss in the best way possible.

Hanson has sued the team and Cable.

Per ESPN.com, Hanson’s suit asserts three legal theories:  assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Though prosecutors in Napa County opted not to charge Cable with any crime as a result of the August 2009 incident that allegedly occurred during training camp, civil proceedings entail a much lower standard of proof.  Where criminal cases require evidence of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, civil cases are decided based only on a preponderance of the evidence — that is, a slight tipping of the scales in the plaintiff’s favor.

Here, Hanson’s jaw didn’t break itself.  So if the jury buys Hanson’s testimony, doesn’t believe Cable’s version, and discounts the accounts from the other Raiders employees who hoped to remain Raiders employees, Hanson easily could win.

Of course, if a jury doesn’t believe Hanson, he’ll lose.

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59 Responses to “Randy Hanson sues Raiders, Cable”
  1. phillyeagleschamps says: Feb 23, 2010 6:03 PM

    There goes Al’s dental program.

  2. boknowsvt says: Feb 23, 2010 6:05 PM

    I think it’s time for Al to make this guy “disappear”.

  3. raiders177 says: Feb 23, 2010 6:05 PM

    Awesome.

  4. BrownsClown says: Feb 23, 2010 6:05 PM

    I think the Jets should sue the person that broke Braylon Edward’s hands!

  5. BleedingSilverAndBlack says: Feb 23, 2010 6:07 PM

    Great…let’s hear all the Raider Haters out there…
    Did I mention that Mike Florio blows goats?

  6. FireJerryJones says: Feb 23, 2010 6:08 PM

    In Cable’s defense, his lawyers should force the jury to watch Jamarcus play QB.
    Argue either insanity or self defense

  7. Bird Man says: Feb 23, 2010 6:10 PM

    Assault, battery and IIED aren’t “theories.” They’re causes of action. The “theory” is that Cable used physical force to break Hanson’s jaw, which would implicate all three causes of action. You should also mention that the chances of a jury getting an opportunity to believe anything about this case are less than 1%.

  8. DectMD99 says: Feb 23, 2010 6:14 PM

    Floria,
    Thanks for that great lawyer insight…”if a jury doesn’t believe Hanson, he’ll lose”. Never thought of that.

  9. Zoology says: Feb 23, 2010 6:14 PM

    BleedingSilverAndBlack
    talk about killing the messenger

  10. DonTerrelli says: Feb 23, 2010 6:14 PM

    # BrownsClown says: February 23, 2010 6:05 PM
    I think the Jets should sue the person that broke Braylon Edward’s hands!
    LOLZ

  11. INVAIDUH says: Feb 23, 2010 6:16 PM

    Uh oh…..The Raiders in court?? Not used to that.

  12. this class sucks says: Feb 23, 2010 6:16 PM

    “So if the jury buys Hanson’s testimony, doesn’t believe Cable’s version, and discounts the accounts from the other Raiders employees who hoped to remain Raiders employees, Hanson easily could win. Of course, if a jury doesn’t believe Hanson, he’ll lose.”
    That is some deep insight on the legal process. If the jury believes him he will win and if they don’t he will lose.
    Also breaking news, if the 49ers score more points than the Steelers they win, if they don’t they lose.

  13. ampats says: Feb 23, 2010 6:19 PM

    Love the disruption at the HOTEL.
    Signed,
    1st round draft pick 2011

  14. raiders177 says: Feb 23, 2010 6:23 PM

    # phillyeagleschamps says: February 23, 2010 6:03 PM
    There goes Al’s dental program.
    ______________________________________
    Lisa needs braces

  15. snnyjcbs says: Feb 23, 2010 6:25 PM

    Wow, thanks for that, he could easily win or he could lose. I was not aware that those were two options on the out comes of going to Court. Maybe the kid should give you a call Florio lol.
    They tell me that he found his Lawyer while spending time in the Hospital, I heard from someone that the Lawyer uses the lunch room at the Hospital as his office lol.

  16. formerly dystopianow says: Feb 23, 2010 6:31 PM

    Hey Florio, don’t worry your Steelers will have a chance to redeem themselves next year. And put the damn ratings for comments back like you said you were going to.

  17. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Feb 23, 2010 6:39 PM

    So if the jury buys Hanson’s testimony, doesn’t believe Cable’s version, and discounts the accounts from the other Raiders employees who hoped to remain Raiders employees, Hanson easily could win.
    ==========================================
    lol, I laugh larder every time I read that.

  18. TylerDurden says: Feb 23, 2010 6:39 PM

    I’m shocked….shocked I tell you.

  19. ekgraider says: Feb 23, 2010 6:41 PM

    Good luck suing Al Davis that usually doesnt work out well.

  20. oh the usual says: Feb 23, 2010 6:42 PM

    pretty sure al davis’s lawyers will be able to handle this idiot.
    you’d think the premise of him actually returning to work there after this allegedly happened, and then waiting until the season was over to press the charges makes this guy’s story questionable at best.
    seems like he was after something from the get go.
    yeah i’m sure cable broke the hell out of his face…but really with this now?

  21. Deb says: Feb 23, 2010 6:44 PM

    And if the jury finds that Hanson is a weasel could they vote to lock him up in a zoo?
    Man, this guy is some piece of work! Can the Raiders call the cops to testify that Hanson said he wouldn’t cooperate with the investigation because he was trying to get money out of the team?
    Weasel.

  22. tombrookshire says: Feb 23, 2010 6:54 PM

    Hanson deserves justice. Speaking as an HR practicioner, Cable’s behavior would not be tolerated in any other workplace in America. But because the NFL is “special” and treated deferentially by those entrusted by the community to enforce their laws, little is done in the way of persuing complaints like this. In the business world, the threat of lawsuits and negative publicity virtually ensures that employee violence is dealt with swiftly and severely, that is, immediate termination of the assailant and possibly criminal charges. Yet, inexplicably, Cable remains gainfully employed. Just demonstrates that there are two kinds of justice in Amerika.

  23. HarrisonHits says: Feb 23, 2010 6:59 PM

    Oh this should be good for some amusement value unless Al buys him off before it goes to trial.

  24. Quagmire says: Feb 23, 2010 7:06 PM

    Al needs to sue his barber/oil changer.

  25. gruntersdad says: Feb 23, 2010 7:06 PM

    As in England’s Premier Soccer League, the Raiders should be relegated to the minor leagues. who cares about these losers. THIS ISN’T NEWS.

  26. phillyeagleschamps says: Feb 23, 2010 7:17 PM

    Al’s jumpsuit may change colors…..

  27. RaiderMight says: Feb 23, 2010 7:21 PM

    Any idea which county he filed his suit in?

  28. VonClausewitz says: Feb 23, 2010 7:32 PM

    Honestly Hanson needs to be nominated for Beta of the Year. It took him how long to grow a spine? What a fricking victim. Get help Randy, you’re not right in the head.

  29. phillyeagleschamps says: Feb 23, 2010 7:34 PM

    Raiders 177,
    Your Pharmacist is on the phone, prescription is ready.

  30. JimmySmith says: Feb 23, 2010 7:34 PM

    If I were in charge of telling Al Davis the news, I would wait for a fresh diaper change before breaking it to him.
    I would think this would have a detrimental effect on the team’s play but they are so lousy, who could tell the difference?

  31. Junior says: Feb 23, 2010 7:37 PM

    Can’t believe Hanson was actually allowed back in the building. He must have been terminated, otherwise this wouldn’t be happening.
    ampats, how far up Lombardi’s ass are you? Care to have an original thought?
    Wait, is that you Michael?

  32. theTRUTHwillSETuFREE says: Feb 23, 2010 7:56 PM

    # gruntersdad says: February 23, 2010 7:06 PM
    As in England’s Premier Soccer League, the Raiders should be relegated to the minor leagues. who cares about these losers. THIS ISN’T NEWS.
    ———————————————————————-
    Obviously not you right? That’s why you wasted your time writing on this thread.
    @Jerry Jones-”In Cable’s defense, his lawyers should force the jury to watch Jamarcus play QB.
    Argue either insanity or self defense”
    -thats pretty funny.

  33. Deb says: Feb 23, 2010 8:01 PM

    @tombrookshire …
    As someone who’s covered HR and management issues for a long time … yes, I agree. Most companies would have thoroughly investigated this incident. But it doesn’t automatically follow that Cable would have been fired when it concluded. I mean, if we investigate, then automatically take the accused out back and shoot him, this really would be the “Amerika” you’re cracking wise about, wouldn’t it? Like it or not, sometimes investigations vindicate the accused.
    This incident was investigated by the Raiders and by the police. The police found no cause to pursue criminal charges in part because Hanson refused to cooperate. He made it clear that he was trying to blackmail the Raiders for a cash settlement. This is not some innocent employee victimized by a bullying boss. You weren’t in the room, Tombo. And right or wrong, the people who WERE in the room say Cable didn’t hit him. The fact that they were chanting Cable Bomaye might suggest otherwise–but it also suggests they had no sympathy with Hanson. So maybe, whatever happened, Hanson provoked it.
    In this AMERICA, people are innocent until PROVED guilty. And since the D.A. didn’t have sufficient evidence to pursue Hanson’s accusations, I don’t know why you think the NFL could have gotten any further.

  34. WhoDey_Man says: Feb 23, 2010 8:30 PM

    every time i get upset, sad, angry, or even sui/homicidal about my bengals, i remember it could be worse. although i’m a bengals fan because i’ve lived in cincinnati most of my life, at least i wasn’t born in l.a. because i’d probably go all david carradine if i actually had to root for freddie krueger and his oakland raiders…. i mean seriously the guy’s lost touch with reality worse than l. ron hubbard, and he’s so damn old he looks like a burn victim! every time i see his face it reminds me of christopher lloyd in who framed roger rabbit mixed in with face-melted-off-guy from raiders of the lost arc…

  35. Laxer37 says: Feb 23, 2010 8:35 PM

    Breaking news:
    The judge has just ruled.
    Tom Cable is sentenced to 20 years…as coach of the Raiders.
    On a positive note he may become eligible to leave after 10 years for good behavior.

  36. purpleguy says: Feb 23, 2010 8:37 PM

    Deb, even if Cable didn’t hit the guy, he at minimum, dumped him out of his seat and caused the busted jaw. That’s still assault, and it’s still enough actionable conduct to form the basis for a damage claim. Hanson was a snivelling weasel when he was with the Vikes, and he was a snivelling weasel with the Raiders. However, I don’t think there’s any common law tort “snivelling weasels assume the risk of assault” defense. More important, managerial level employees are routinely disciplined for engaging in improper conduct, including physical confrontations initiated by others, primarily because they’re supposed to exercise restraint.

  37. scrapdawg12 says: Feb 23, 2010 8:46 PM

    Who cares Randy Hanson. Your such a big baby. Take it like a man and move on. You should of stood your ground and fought Cable, instead you curled up like a little girl and are still crying. It was a long time ago, get over it buddy!

  38. Ijasfahted says: Feb 23, 2010 8:54 PM

    I’ve had a chance to read Hanson’s filing. He’s asking for $26 in damages to repair his skirt.

  39. phillyeagleschamps says: Feb 23, 2010 9:18 PM

    Breaking news:
    The judge has just ruled.
    Tom Cable is sentenced to 20 years…as coach of the Raiders.
    On a positive note he may become eligible to leave after 10 years for good behavior.
    lol

  40. 1nationraidernation says: Feb 23, 2010 9:41 PM

    thats the great thing about our soceity, you can sue whoever you want and they have to defend themselves….the only ones who make anymoney are the scum bucket attorneys.
    So is the cable watch officially back on, and I take it Hanson won’t be on the cruise ship.

  41. Deb says: Feb 23, 2010 9:52 PM

    purpleguy says …
    “I don’t think there’s any common law tort ‘snivelling weasels assume the risk of assault’ defense.”
    Well, that’s a really cute line, purpleguy, and I’m sure you were dying to use it. But it doesn’t describe anything in my posts. And since you weren’t paying attention, let me lay this out for you: The district attorney with jurisdiction over this case decided the weasel didn’t have enough evidence to warrant assault charges. So no one has to come up with a sniveling-weasels-assume-the-risk-of-assault or any other kind of criminal defense. This is a civil suit.
    In addition …
    According to the other assistants in the room, Hanson was leaning back in the chair with his feet on the desk. He mouthed off to Cable, and Cable lunged toward him but did not connect. Hanson flinched, the chair went out from under him, and he broke his jaw as he hit the ground.
    So Cable did not dump him out of his seat and cause his injury. It could easily be argued that Hanson caused his own injury by sitting improperly in the chair.
    Yes, managerial level employees are expected to exercise restraint and are routinely disciplined for failing to do so. But tell me, purpleguy: Are those disciplinary actions routinely broadcast to the public? No, they’re not. Those are internal personnel matters. You have no idea what action the Raiders have taken to discipline Tom Cable. Just because he wasn’t terminated does not mean he wasn’t disciplined.

  42. RayDaMayor says: Feb 23, 2010 10:25 PM

    “Give Hanson one of Jamarcus Russell’s gaudy-ass bling necklaces, a pair of my ever stylish white shoes and a bag of potato chips and maybe he’ll drop the damn lawsuit”
    Al Davis

  43. tatum32 says: Feb 23, 2010 10:44 PM

    “I think it’s time for Al to make this guy “disappear”.”
    Comedic Gold!

  44. realitypolice says: Feb 23, 2010 10:45 PM

    Now they’ll never let him go on the cruise.

  45. realitypolice says: Feb 23, 2010 10:59 PM

    According to the other assistants in the room, Hanson was leaning back in the chair with his feet on the desk. He mouthed off to Cable, and Cable lunged toward him but did not connect. Hanson flinched, the chair went out from under him, and he broke his jaw as he hit the ground.
    =========================
    He was leaning back, the chair came out from under him, and broke his jaw on the floor? Must be true- God knows the other assistants had no reason to lie or anything.
    *eyes rolling*

  46. INVAIDUH says: Feb 23, 2010 11:08 PM

    @philthyeagleschump….
    you’ve nothing on us..break my heart loser.
    @ whodey man…
    “could be worse”…Hell you should be so lucky.
    Bengals…really..s#!t…even Sapp picked us over you and he hates the Nation…
    whateva makes you feel better….
    think it through dumps….GFY.
    ALWAYS BETTER THAN YOU.

  47. Deb says: Feb 23, 2010 11:17 PM

    @realitypolice …
    Roll your eyes all you want, love. Doesn’t matter if it’s true. Only matters that they’re willing to say it’s true. They said it to the cops and the D.A. refused to pursue criminal charges. Like I said, the assistants reportedly chanting “Cable bomaye” may suggest something else happened … but that’s not what the other fellas are saying. Perhaps if Hanson had cooperated with the investigation from the outset, but noooo, he was too busy trying to blackmail Al Davis … like that was gonna work. Now I’m the one with eyes rolling.

  48. souldogdave says: Feb 23, 2010 11:18 PM

    Wormtongue’s revenge. He wanted Cable gone.

  49. phillyeagleschamps says: Feb 23, 2010 11:46 PM

    @philthyeagleschump….
    you’ve nothing on us..break my heart loser.
    GFY
    BTW,
    Stop sending emails(snitching) complaining about posters.
    Yes it’s you.
    This board is for venting not communism or suppressing the truth.
    PC sucks.

  50. DaVikes says: Feb 23, 2010 11:48 PM

    You got to wonder about the timing of the suit. Hanson could have chosen to disrupt training camp, preseason, free agency, or the season. But he chose to disrupt draft planning. It will consume a lot of Cable’s attention of course, meaning Al will be left by himself to do draft planning. I think he’s going to take DHB again.

  51. JSpicoli says: Feb 24, 2010 12:14 AM

    Everyone is hung up on the term broken jaw.
    He didn’t have his jaw wired shut so it sounds like a hairline and if it was an accidental dumping from the chair, then I see why the police ended the investgation with no charges.

  52. VonClausewitz says: Feb 24, 2010 5:06 AM

    Here’s the deal. There is virtually no circumstance other than a completely freak accident which would break Hanson’s jaw. And that sort of gets ruled out when players are cheering Cable after the fact.
    I’ll just let that sink in.
    I hear and understand the points about the DA investigation and the Raiders internal investigation. Who gives a shit? Is it that hard to admit the possibility that a) the DA can’t win with Hanson and b) the Raiders would cover it up? Hmmmmmmm…. No.
    It doesn’t matter if the players hated him.
    Or if the coaches hated him.
    Or if he was mouthing off and “deserved” it.
    All of which, btw, seem waaaay to simplistic as explanations given the context.
    Personally I believe something happened that was initiated by Cable, over who knows what, and the end result was a broken jaw. If it was a cut and dried accident the story would have leaked differently. But instead we watched some exercise in weirdness. And my guess is that the only reason this isn’t a criminal matter is because Hanson is such a massive flake that he’s a damn near impossible sell to your average halfwit jurist. Even so, that doesn’t unmake the broken jaw.
    The fault ultimately here is on Hanson’s back for not getting his head squared up or at least in engaging professional advice and not allowing the situation to wallow in some sort of bizzarro world. Oh, and if he was someone with an agenda, which he clearly is not, he would have been right on top of the lawyer sitch from the getgo. Instead he’s just a victim who’s furthering his victimhood by being such a doddering twit. And we all laugh because helpless people are funny. Haha. Hey in a better world there’d be sufficient ambient morality to suss out even the strangest of events from obvious bullshit. Clearly, judging by some of the comments, we’ve lost our sense of smell.

  53. Big Tex says: Feb 24, 2010 7:32 AM

    Even if we accept the “Hanson was leaning back in his chair and fell over when Cable lunged at him” defense, that would seem to constitute an assault. Hanson may well be a weasel. Cable has an admitted history of striking others. Long story short, Al will be cutting Hanson at least one more check. I doubt that Davis’ lawyers ever let this get to a jury.

  54. RaiderRedleg says: Feb 24, 2010 8:44 AM

    Big Tex says:
    February 24, 2010 7:32 AM
    Even if we accept the “Hanson was leaning back in his chair and fell over when Cable lunged at him” defense, that would seem to constitute an assault. Hanson may well be a weasel. Cable has an admitted history of striking others. Long story short, Al will be cutting Hanson at least one more check. I doubt that Davis’ lawyers ever let this get to a jury.
    ————————————————-
    Big Tex,
    Agree with 100% (for a change)…Good post…Proud of you.
    phillyeagleschamps,
    Keep trying…All of Raider Nation is STILL waiting for you to make sense…Thought you were ALMOST there with the “There Goes Al’s Dental Plan” post, but then you stumbled and fell.

  55. RaiderRedleg says: Feb 24, 2010 8:51 AM

    phillyeagleschamps says:
    February 23, 2010 11:46 PM
    Stop sending emails(snitching) complaining about posters.
    Yes it’s you.
    This board is for venting not communism or suppressing the truth.
    PC sucks.
    __________________________________
    Don’t worry Nation…Even if Mr. Florio booted our good friend phillyeagleschamps he would just come back under the new name of:
    RonJaworski_for_HallofFame

  56. jb10 says: Feb 24, 2010 9:03 AM

    tombrookshire you act as if cable is the only one to receive special treatment. the nfl is not the typical work place. it is an entirely different work place with different rules that even you as a hr practitioner would not understand.

  57. jb10 says: Feb 24, 2010 9:10 AM

    “Raiders employee Randy Hanson, who returned to work several months after allegedly having his jaw broken by coach Tom Cable, is emulating his boss in the best way possible.”
    Randy Hanson is counter suing some one? i believe that al davis and the raiders have never actually sued some one, including the nfl. they have counter sued after the nfl filed suit first. way to report the facts florio.

  58. Deb says: Feb 24, 2010 6:03 PM

    @Big Tex ….
    Yeah, I agree with you, too, for a change ;-) I think Davis will settle long before this goes anywhere. But then again … it’s Al Davis and he doesn’t operate like ordinary people, so you never know.

  59. Justathought says: Mar 18, 2010 1:30 PM

    No one but the people in that room knows for sure what happened. Time will tell.
    One thing you can be sure of is Hanson bleeds black and silver. He is the ultimate Raider fan. Ask him any stat about the Raiders and he can tell you. He knows the Raiders better than Davis. It can’t easy to go into that situation every day. But being with the Raiders was his life long dream. He’s not doing it because he has to, he’s doing it because he wants to. You gotta admire that. He LOVES the Raiders.
    It’s sad that the Raider staff can’t respect each other, their talents and pull together for the sake of team. Make the best of the situation. Draw on each others experience and knowledge. As they say “take one for the team”. Play nice in the sand box. Isn’t it about creating a winning team and giving fans what they want?

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