Former Raiders assistant coach Randy Hanson has given Yahoo! Sports a detailed account of the events that occurred on August 5th in Napa, California. On that evening, Hanson claims to have been assaulted by head coach Tom Cable.
“From my blindside, Tom Cable threw me from my chair and into a piece of furniture that a lamp sat upon,” Hanson told Yahoo! Sports Friday during an extensive interview at a Bay Area restaurant. “He was screaming, ‘I’ll f——- kill you! I’ll f——- kill you!’ And I have no reason to believe he wouldn’t have killed me if they hadn’t pulled him away.
“If my head would’ve hit a different way, I might be dead right now.”
The article goes on to paint a picture of Hanson as a man who was just trying to live out his boyhood dream as a member of the Raiders’ staff.
A fervent Raiders fan since his days growing up in western Washington’s Skagit Valley, Hanson said he still roots for the team – he showed up for Friday’s interview wearing a thick, black shirt with a silver “Raiders” logo.
One cannot discuss this on-going assault case without also discussing Hanson’s relationship with owner Al Davis.
Some have speculated that Hanson was Al’s inside man on the coaching staff.
While Hanson’s mole status does not justify Cable’s actions, it does merit some serious consideration when examining the situation. Hanson goes as far as to imply that his “relationship” with Davis might have made Cable nervous.
Though it has been suggested that Hanson was a snitch for Davis who reported to the owner about the behavior of his fellow coaches, he adamantly denied that depiction. However, Hanson conceded that Cable “might have been paranoid about my relationship with Mr. Davis because I was hired by him.”
Hanson was hired by Davis to be a member of the coaching staff prior to Cable being named the head coach. He was also the man who came to the aide of Davis when it was time to show Lane Kiffin the exit and fire up the overhead projector.
Cable and the Raiders have yet to issue a statement regarding Hanson’s tell-all interview.
When all else fails, just go ahead an blame this entire affair on Al Davis. In the end, he’s the one who put a spy in the locker room and then turned a blind eye when said spy was given a Romanowski handshake from the head coach.
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