Tom Cable Says 'Nothing Happened' in Altercation With Defensive Assistant
"Nothing happened," Cable blurted out when pressed again for details about a FanHouse report that the head coach struck Hanson with such force the defensive assistant required treatment at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa on Aug. 6.
Napa police confirmed to FanHouse on Monday that their officers followed hospital protocol by questioning the 41-year-old Raiders assistant coach, whose name police would not release citing privacy concerns, while he was undergoing emergency treatment for a jaw injury. NFL sources said Hanson sustained a fractured jaw as a result of the punch.
The victim, whom multiple NFL sources confirmed was Hanson, did not want to be interviewed but was cooperative with the investigating officers. He told them his jaw injury was caused by another member of the Raiders coaching staff.
Hanson, however, refused to name his attacker. FanHouse learned Monday that Cable threw the punch while Hanson was speaking to defensive coordinator John Marshall and "that Hanson never saw it coming."
Asked whether he has been contacted by the NFL office as part of the investigation, Cable said Tuesday, "Listen, if you want to talk about this football team and the players on this football team, I'll talk to you all day. Otherwise, I'm not getting into it."
Said a reporter, "You understand we have to ask those questions?"
Said Cable, "I respect that. But you have to respect the fact I want to talk about my team."
Monday afternoon, Cable told reporters three times: "It's an internal issue. I'm not going to comment on that."
Monday evening, Cable told his former University of Idaho teammate and ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth that nothing happened between him and Hanson.
Another account of the incident in question emerged Monday evening when former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah wrote on his Twitter page that a "reliable source" told him Hanson broke a facial bone in his face when his cheek hit a cabinet in a team meeting room. This occurred, Jeremiah claimed, when Hanson spoke profanely to Marshall and Cable reacted by pushing a chair, causing Hanson to fall and hit his jaw.
Hanson has not been seen by Raiders players for more than a week. Following a Tuesday morning practice at the Raiders' practice field against the team's' cross-Bay rivals, the San Francisco 49ers, Cable would not say whether the coach is still employed by the franchise.
"I'm not gonna answer that," Cable said.