Raiders Coach Tom Cable won't be charged with assaulting an assistant coach.
Raiders Coach Tom Cable won't be charged with assaulting an assistant coach. (Paul Sakuma/associated Press)
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Friday, October 23, 2009

No charges for Cable

Oakland Raiders Coach Tom Cable will not face criminal charges for his role in a training camp incident involving one of the team's assistant coaches, Randy Hanson.

Gary Lieberstein, the district attorney for Napa County, Calif., announced the decision Thursday.

"Our duty is to do the right thing for the right reasons," Lieberstein said, according to the Associated Press. "Under the facts and circumstances of this case, it would be a miscarriage of justice to pursue criminal charges and we will not ask our citizens to give up their valuable time for jury duty, nor will we allow our criminal justice system to be compromised."

Cable had been accused of assaulting Hanson, breaking his jaw. Hanson told Yahoo Sports during an interview that Cable threatened to kill him during the alleged confrontation and, according to Hanson, knocked him from a chair into a piece of furniture.

Cable previously denied that any punches were thrown during the alleged incident and has said that nothing happened.

"The Raider organization waited patiently for a comprehensive legal process to conclude and now this matter has been resolved," Raiders spokesman Mike Taylor said, according to the AP.

According to the AP, Lieberstein said that interviews with witnesses indicated that Cable did not threaten Hanson or punch him. Lieberstein indicated that Cable angrily rushed toward Hanson but was blocked by another assistant coach, and the other assistant coach made contact with Hanson and knocked Hanson from his chair.

"It should be further noted that within the past week and a half, Mr. Hanson showed up unannounced at the police department and made a statement to the effect that since the Raiders had not given him what he asked for, he would now fully cooperate with the prosecution," Lieberstein said, according to the AP.

According to the report by Yahoo, Cable and Hanson previously had a strained relationship, perhaps in part because Hanson was viewed as being close to Raiders owner Al Davis. Hanson reportedly continues to be paid by the Raiders but has not been permitted to coach.

Roethlisberger suit alive

A judge in Nevada denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit by a woman accusing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting her last year in a Lake Tahoe hotel room, the AP reported.

The judge also declined to sanction the woman's attorney, as requested by a lawyer for Roethlisberger who accused Calvin Dunlap of filing the lawsuit on the woman's behalf without sufficient evidence, according to the AP.

Roethlisberger has denied the accusations in the woman's lawsuit.

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