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Ex-aide: Cable hit me

Hanson tells police how jaw was broken

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Steve Corkran Contra Costa Times

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Former Oakland Raiders defensive assistant Randy Hanson told Napa, Calif., police that coach Tom Cable struck him and broke his jaw in an incident during training camp, according to an NFL.com story.

Hanson’s lawyer, John McGuinn, reportedly said Hanson was interviewed by detective Mike Walund for 90 minutes or so Friday and turned over medical records pertaining to the case, which also is being investigated by the NFL.

McGuinn called it “a textbook case of felony assault,” according to the NFL.com report. He did not return a phone call from the Contra Costa Times on Monday.

Hanson, a former Eastern Washington University assistant coach, first spoke with Napa police Aug. 6, the day he was treated at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa for a jaw injury suffered Aug. 5. The hospital called police because Hanson’s injury was consistent with an assault victim’s.

Hanson initially told police that he had been assaulted by another member of the Raiders coaching staff at the team’s training camp site at the Napa Valley Marriott but refused to name the coach.

The Contra Costa Times and other publications confirmed that Cable, a former University of Idaho player and head coach, was involved. Cable has repeatedly said “nothing happened” and that he is eager for the facts to come out.

Friday, Hanson reportedly cooperated with Napa police.

“Randy answered the detective’s questions, but we have no idea whether charges will be coming,” McGuinn told NFL.com. “That will strictly be determined by the police and the D.A.’s office.”

Hanson was stripped of his coaching duties by Cable just before the incident. He since has been banished from the team’s year-round facility in Alameda but still is being paid.

McGuinn told NFL.com that Napa police told him numerous other people have been interviewed as part of its investigation.

Raiders senior executive John Herrera and Cable were unavailable for comment. Hanson did not return a phone call.

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