Ex-Raiders assistant coach sues team, Coach Cable for assault

Randy Hanson claims broken jaw in incident last August

Former Oakland Raiders assistant coach Randy Hanson filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the team and head coach Tom Cable for an alleged violent incident at the team's training camp in Napa last August.

The suit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, accuses Cable and the Raiders of assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress and seeks an unspecified amount of damages in excess of $25,000.

Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein investigated the incident at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel last Aug. 5 but on Oct. 22 he said he wouldn't file any criminal charges against Cable because he believed trial testimony would establish there were no blows or punches thrown at Hanson and Cable didn't make any verbal threats.

Hanson suffered a broken jaw in the incident, but Lieberstein said he didn't determine how that happened.

The Raiders didn't return a phone call seeking comment on Hanson's suit.

The suit alleges that at a coaches meeting on Aug. 5, Cable, without warning or provocation, "grabbed Hanson from behind and hurled him into a table against a wall."

The suit claims that while Hanson was on the floor, Cable crawled over Hanson's body, grabbed his shirt and then battered and seized his left jaw and neck.

Hanson suffered a fractured jaw and broken teeth, among other things, according to the suit.

The suit alleges that the Raiders "ratified" Cable's conduct by conducting only a token investigation into the incident.

The suit says that when Napa police first questioned Hanson about the incident he refused to name anyone because he was "still profoundly loyal to the Raiders" and wanted to protect the team and "prevent any negative or embarrassing press about the incident."

Lieberstein said in October Hanson gave a follow-up interview to Napa police but he said there were "significant inconsistencies" in his statements to authorities.

He added, "The evidence is overwhelming that Mr. Cable did not intend to inflict the injuries suffered."

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