Randy Hanson goes on the record

After more than two months of off-the-record leaks and periodic comments from his lawyer, Raiders defensive assistant Randy Hanson has told his story to a member of the media.

Hanson sat down Friday with Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports to discuss the events that resulted in Hanson suffering a broken jaw on August 5.

And here’s the key allegation.

“From my blindside, Tom Cable threw me from my chair and into a
piece of furniture that a lamp sat upon,” Hanson told Silver.  “He was
screaming, ‘I’ll f–king kill you!  I’ll f–king kill you!’  And I have no
reason to believe he wouldn’t have killed me
if they hadn’t pulled him

“If my head would’ve hit a different way, I might be dead right now.”

Silver also reports, citing an unnamed source close to the investigation, that the three Raiders assistants who were present for the alleged attack (defensive coordinator John Marshall, defensive backs coach Lionel Washington, and assistant defensive backs coach Willie Brown) have corroborated Hanson’s version of the attack, a development that could go a long way toward a conviction or guilty plea by Cable, who is in his first full year as head coach of the Raiders.

Silver’s lengthy and compelling article deserves a full read — it addresses Hanson’s role with the team, his building tension with Cable, the perception that Hanson served as the eyes and ears for owner Al Davis, the specific events leading up to the meeting during which Cable allegedly broke Hanson’s face, and the aftermath of the alleged attack.

But here’s the thing that bothers us about all of this.  The league, which is deferring for now to the criminal investigation being conducted by authorities in Napa, California, should be conducting its own aggressive review of the situation.  With all the talk centering on whether Commissioner Roger Goodell will meet with Cable, the bigger question we have is whether Goodell has met with Hanson and the three eyewitnesses not named Tom Cable — and if not, why not?

When a sports league that currently is trying to convince the U.S. Supreme Court that it operates as a single entity for certain antitrust has experienced a potentially serious episode of workplace violence, the sports league must behave like any other corporation would in that circumstance:  (1) investigate swiftly; and (2) take all appropriate action based on the results of the investigation.

We realize that the league’s goal here is to wait for the authorities to take action, just like the league did in 2007 with Mike Vick.  If Cable is indicted or pleads guilty, it will be much easier for 280 Park Avenue to put Cable on suspension.  Besides, any effort to get Davis to go along with a suspension imposed in the absence of an indictment or guilty plea could be as tenuous and unpredictable as negotiating with North Korea.

Still, if the eyewitness accounts indeed support Hanson’s claims, inaction by the league is unacceptable, especially since players who engage in this type of misconduct face swift and unequivocal justice from the league office.

The saddest part of this entire ordeal is that Hanson has been a rabid Raiders fan since childhood, and years spent working in the business (including his alleged “Hulk smash!” experience with the team’s head coach) somehow have not dulled his passion.

“I watch every game,” Hanson told Silver.  “I want them to win.  Once a Raider, always a Raider.”

And that leads to the biggest remaining question unrelated to whether Cable will be prosecuted or suspended/fired for his alleged actions:  Will Hanson sue the Raiders or Cable?

“[S]ometimes you’ve got to be a Raider, too,” Hanson said.  “I mean, if he were in my situation, what would Mr. Davis do?”

Anyone who has been following the NFL for more than a few years knows that answer to that one.

33 responses to “Randy Hanson goes on the record

  1. Cable is a brutish oaf and completely unqualified to be a head coach. Hanson sounds like a stand up guy that just wants to coach football, loyal to a Raider organization that will leave him high and dry because of Skeletor.

  2. You missed the biggest question of them all, Florio.
    If there are 3 witnesses “who have corroborated Hanson’s version of the attack”, why haven’t the cops charged him?
    Now, I know you’re no dummy, and I know you’re a lawyer, so you obviously omitted this question on purpose.
    Another thing, no way no how did Willie Brown corroborate, because like the rat said, “Once a Raider, always a Raider.”
    Brown is a Raider, the rat is not, he’s a pussy.

  3. # Bun McSticky says: October 11, 2009 7:20 AM
    Cable is a brutish oaf and completely unqualified to be a head coach. Hanson sounds like a stand up guy that just wants to coach football, loyal to a Raider organization that will leave him high and dry because of Skeletor.
    “Hanson sounds like a stand up guy”!?
    For you to say that a two faced rat that undermines the coaching staff is a stand up guy, says allot about you, jackass.

  4. Joe in Toronto,
    If someone sees a crime, they are a rat if they tell the authorities what they saw???
    I guess it would be acceptable to talk to the authorities if someone witnessed a crime against you, or your family though…right asshole?
    Stay in stinking Toronto…and keep saying “I didn’t see nuttin”.

  5. The coach attacked the man behind his back and he is a rat? The coach is a coward! The organization left Hanson to dry, I would of done the same thing as Hanson.

  6. “a development that could go a long way toward a conviction or guilty plea by Cable, who is in his first AND LAST full year as head coach of the Raiders”
    Fixed the quote for you Florio. Cable will be one and done and the downward spiral of Raider coaches will continue. They may have to go to the Pop Warner level to find someone willing to take that disaster of a job on.

  7. After reading this is there any doubt that Raiders’ fans are clinically insane.
    Inside comment for my friends in NE:
    John Madden’s not walking out of that tunnel and coaching that team.

  8. Goodell tried to clean up the league because that is what the owners thought they wanted.
    Over the past couple of seasons they realized that at least half of the employees are cheaters, beaters, drunks, and druggies and it hurts the bottom line to have law enforcement charge them in criminal court (1 media story) and then have the league discipline them (another media story), and then wind up in civil court (another media story).
    I think we will see the league twisting the arm of the local police departments to not charge NFL employees with anything unless there is video tape. This is the treatment that the Bengals were looking for in the past and this year we are seeing it around the league.
    Coincidence? I think not.

  9. Joe in Toronto:
    Hanson is a rat because he told the truth to authorities? He initially did not want to say anything, but look how he has been treated:
    He gets assaulted
    Cable denies anything happened
    Davis sides with Cable
    Hell yes he should tell the truth to authorities investigating the CRIME committed against him.
    That is not being a rat. The rats are Al Davis and Tom Cable.
    If your fat, cellulite covered wife and yourself were mugged, robbed, and beaten, I’m sure you would hope for some “rats” to come forward and tell the police what they saw. Hopefully they wont though, cause your a douche.

  10. Quagmire:
    You’re twisting the facts.
    He’s been undermining the coaching staff, reporting everything he hears and sees. He’s a rat, get it?
    I understand you’re thick as a brick but try to buy a clue, please.
    Also, there’s no need for childish regional attacks.

  11. Pretty weak on the league’s part.
    Wasn’t that QB coach in Dallas fined and suspended to the tune of something like $500K, for taking a supplement for medical reasons? Wasn’t that the big “coaches held to a higher standard” gig?
    So Al Davis, the mighty league litigant, trumps Roger Goodell. the mighty league conscience.
    Huh. Lawyers.

  12. Whether or not Hanson undermined the coaching staff has zero bearing on this. A professional organization handles such things pretty simply – by firing the person in question, not by assaulting him.
    Besides, apparently, the Boss – that would be Mr. Skeletor Davis – apparently wanted Hanson to do what he was doing.
    I’m with Joe in Toronto on the big issue – why are the Napa police dragging their feet on this one? It seems to be be a pretty clear-cut assault case. You’ve got a victim, you’ve got a known alleged assailant, you’ve got witnesses, you’ve got physical evidence. Why isn’t Cable charged with a crime? What pressure is being put on the cops to NOT reach a conclusion here?
    And why is the league doing the same? If they’re waiting on the cops, they’re sending the wrong message. There is no excuse for this kind of alleged behavior – it has to be eliminated from any organization that calls itself professional. Although, frankly, the Raiders hardly qualify in a number of different areas on that count. And not just against Cable. Davis aided and abetted the mess.
    Lastly, I see a gazillion dollar lawsuit in the works. Hanson is going to get – again assuming that the allegations are true – a settlement/award from the Raiders that will make Jamarcus Russell’s contract look paltry.

  13. The term “rat” or “snitch” are typically used by low end types that have them self engaged in illegal activities.
    If there were more of them, maybe, just maybe our inner cities wouldn’t be cesspools terrorized by drug dealers and gangs.
    Pull that crap in middle class white suburbia and you’ll have half the neighbors pulling guns and the other half calling the police.

  14. After reading the story, if I was ever in the presence of Tom Cable, I would never, ever turn my back to him.
    You know a real coward when he attacks someone from behind, and then denies it happened.

  15. This is what pisses me off. Goodell “CLAIMS” he is trying to clean up the league, yet allows someone like Vick back in the NFL after only a 3 game suspension.
    Do you really think he is going to do something against a coach hand picked by Al Davis?
    Child, please!
    I don’t have the passion for the NFL I had a year ago, and I will loose more and more of it every year as long as Goodell and the owners keep treating it like “entertainment” instead of a “sport”.
    I use to love the sport of the NFL. Now, not so much.

  16. We’ll never know exactly what went down. Each side will tell a different version.
    Hansen’s version sounds too much like a screenplay about a dashing assistant coach on the rise who charmed the owner, his fellow coaches and all the players. The real head coach, that big oaf, is sooo jealous of our hero that he tries to find ways to sabotage him, until he finally explodes. However, our hero – being the stand-up guy and martyr that he his – refuses to press charges, but is eventually forced to.
    I bet the truth is more entertaining, though…

  17. Silver’s article also mentions that Raiders players are still contacting Hanson for coaching advice, going so far as trying to hook him up with a laptop containing team notes. I’m sure Cable & Marshall must love that.
    Throw in Jamarcus Russell and it’s a wonder how this team ever managed to win a game this season.
    It’s been a long time since Al Davis was at the top of his game. With the exception of a couple of decent Gruden years, & Cable inheriting that team for their Super Bowl blowout by Gruden, you can go back 20 years now and team has been a freakin’ disaster. How can any sane person think its going to get better anytime soon?

  18. Vick was not allowed to report to camp until the league reviews the charges. It was a full month until he plead guilty. Goodell merely went off the indictment.
    Stallworth was suspended after he pled guilty to the charges.
    July 17, 2007: Vick and three other men are indicted by a federal grand jury on dog fighting charges for activity over a six year period.
    July 23, 2007: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell orders Vick not to report to the Falcons’ training camp until the league reviews the dog fighting charges, citing the league’s conduct policy.
    Aug. 23, 2007: Vick signs plea agreement and statement of facts admitting to conspiracy in a dogfighting ring and helping kill pit bulls.
    June 16, 2009: Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth has agreed to plead guilty to a DUI manslaughter charge and would do some jail time for a Miami car crash in which a pedestrian was struck and killed, authorities said Monday.
    June 18, 2009: Donte’ Stallworth shouldn’t have been surprised that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him for the 2009 season on Thursday. Everyone with knowledge of how Goodell administers punishment had predicted Stallworth would get one year since the indefinite suspension was levied June 18.
    Workplace violence is a little bit different issue, especially when you claim to hold coaches to a higher standard. The standard business would suspend the parties involved until the company investigated its investigation or the criminal investigation was completed. If Cable goes off and smacks another employee the Raiders can be held responsible, where as in the first incident it could be a toss up depending on Cal OSHA rules.
    Different circumstances with Vick and Stallworth, but Vick was told to stay away/suspended until the NFL learned more. Stallworth had results of alcohol and marijuana in his system and the NFL waited until plea deal to do anything. To be fair these also did not take place at a team facility.
    Coach breaks someones jaw in front of three witnesses while at a team facility during working hours and the league doesn’t investigate. An indictment or plea might help make a suspension easier to push through, but sitting back and waiting for authorities to take action seems seriously flawed. This would not happen at any other corporation.
    Quoting above:
    Still, if the eyewitness accounts indeed support Hanson’s claims, inaction by the league is unacceptable, especially since players who engage in this type of misconduct face swift and unequivocal justice from the league office.

  19. Florio misses the main point: Why hasn’t Crazy Al Davis suspended K.O. Cable? If Hansen was Davis’ spy, why leave Hansen out to dry?

  20. The wrong guy got sucker punched or thrown against the wall.. Maybe Cable should have smaked JaBustess for fleecing the Raiders organization. Useless player

  21. In the event you’re under the illusion that players and NFL team personnel are treated equally and fairly you need only read these two comments from this week’s news clips:
    1. The NFL is investigating whether Braylon Edwards violated the league’s conduct policy following an accusations he assulted a man outside a nightclub.
    2. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is watching as authorities investigate allegations that Raiders coach Tom Cable assulted one of his assistants.
    What’s wrong with this picture?
    The NFL is investigating a player, who is accused of assult, though no charges had been filed by the person assaulted. And the NFL is “watching” local authorities who are investigating a NFL Coach who is accused of assaulting an assistant coach who filed police charges, went to a hospital for a broken jaw and has medical evidence he was injured.
    It is situations like this one that make Roger Goodell laughable.
    If you’re going to try to clean up (supposedly) the league’s image, isn’t assault by a Coach on an employee of a NFL team a more compelling infraction for the NFL to investigate and mete out punishment for (assuming he’s guilty) than for end zone celebrations, improper attire and the other silly infractions meted out on players weekly?
    Why is Edwards being investigated by the NFL and not Cable? Are the local authorities in Napa more competnet than those in Cleveland? I doubt it.
    This is hypocrisy at it’s zenith.
    If Hanson is a “real” Raiders fan he’ll do the right thing….sue Al Davis and the Raiders organization for $1B and force Davis to sell the team to pay the settlement. Then Raiders fans will actually have some hope that their beloved team will be competitive.
    But I’d put my money on seeing pigs fly before the aforementioned happens. Davis still owens millions in court judgements he hasn’t yet paid.

  22. Joe in Toronto,
    Hey stupid, do you really think that someone is going behind your back, reporting to Crazy Al (probably at Al’s request), warrents an assult?
    You are right that there’s no need for childish regional attacks.
    What do urine samples and Canadian beer have in common?
    The taste.
    Whats the best thing to come out of Quebec?
    An empty bus.
    Celine Dionne. Take her back,please!

  23. The Raiders are a team with talent at a lot of positions, and yet they seem so dysfuntional. Its worse than the Cowboys. I think the blame must be shared by the owner and coach. What Raider nation needs is a veteran coach to grab the organization by the throat and right the ship. There are a couple guys I can think of that would be great options (Holmgren for one), but the problem with all of them is I doubt they’d ever consider working for Al Davis. Your f&^#@$ed.

  24. The difference between Cable and Vick is that Vick’s actions took place outside of the workplace. Cable’s alleged actions took place on the clock and in a team facility. It’s negligent of the NFL not to investigate this situation.

  25. “Lastly, I see a gazillion dollar lawsuit in the works. Hanson is going to get – again assuming that the allegations are true – a settlement/award from the Raiders that will make Jamarcus Russell’s contract look paltry.”
    Ha ha ha. Hilarious. You really think he’s going to get that much? Funny stuff.

  26. Smells a bit fishy – I’m no lawyer (neither is Florio any more) but if I had a cast iron assault case with witnesses would I be blabbing to the media in advance of the case risking getting it thrown out on a predjucing the jury technicality?
    Seems to be timed to coincide with The Raiders going to New York too – hoping that Goodell will pull Cable to one side.
    Get a feeling that Hanson thought he was impotant to the organisation than he thought he was. His testimony may well contain similar delusions.

  27. “He was screaming, ‘I’ll f–king kill you! I’ll f–king kill you!’ And I have no reason to believe he wouldn’t have killed me if they hadn’t pulled him away.

    Okay that part HAS to ruin his credibility considerably. I have no doubts Cable hurt this guy in some form, but there’s no way for any logical human being to think another grown man would literally murder you on the spot in this type of situation.
    If that’s the case it shouldn’t be assault charges he’s filing, it should be attempted murder..

  28. Doesn’t anyone want to hear Cable’s side of the story. There must be a reason that whatever happened and however it happened came about. Hanson’s story might not ring true if the authorities have not acted on it. Also why is it Shawne Merriman got a pass by the press and the Cable story gets the Energizer Bunny treatment.

  29. An opportunity to have a competency hearing on the state of mind of one Al Davis?
    It’s obvious that the franchise needs an enema…
    Hate to see Al go down like this…

  30. the rat here is cable, not hanson.
    i realize that the story is conveyed from hanson’s point of view, but it is pretty damaging to cable. the evidence is all in hanson’s court as well.
    sounds to me this organization has been black-balling the sh*t out of hanson. even al davis sold him down the river AFTER bringing him on. If i was hanson, i’d work on an injury settlement and just get the hell out of dodge – cheer for your team as a fan, not an employee. that organization doesn’t deserve you.
    i’m amazed that cable hasn’t faced charges. and that organization will reap what it sows in years of mediocrity. until davis sells and solid ownership comes in and brings in a reasonable staff, that team won’t win games.

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