Coach Cable Case in DA's Hands

By Lori Preuitt
|  Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009  |  Updated 11:14 AM PDT
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Raiders head coach Tom Cable may lose his headset if the Napa district attorney decides to charge him in an alleged assault of an assistant coach.

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Napa police shed a rare glimmer of light into the pending criminal case against Raiders head coach Tom Cable.

On Monday commander Andy Lewis said his officers had completed their investigation into allegations that Cable assaulted one of his coaches.  The case is now in the hands of the Napa District Attorney.

Lewis said the hand over happened "very recently" and quickly added he will have no further comment on the matter.  It took police a month to get to this point.  No telling how long the district attorney will take before decided whether to press charges.

The alleged attack on assistant coach Randy Hanson happened on Aug. 5 at the team's training camp hotel in Napa.

While Cable denies any wrongdoing, something happened because Hanson was treated at a nearby hospital for a broken jaw.

Hanson first refused to say who attacked him, but his attorney later told NFL.com his client told police it was Cable that caused his injuries.

During his weekly news conference, Cable did his best to avoid the issue, saying he wanted the legal process take its course.

"When it all is resolved, you'll understand why I'm acting the way I am. It's just something I'm not going to talk about and shouldn't talk about," Cable said.  

The physical movement of the case from a police station in Napa to the district attorney's office could be the reason behind a report on Yahoo Sports Monday that hinted Cable's pre-mugshot days were numbered.

Yahoo's sports Jason Cole reported Cable will face charges in connection with the alleged attack.

If he is arrested, Cable could also be suspended as the Raiders' coach thanks to the NFL's strict personal conduct policy.

The Raiders have a pitiful 1-3 after a loss in Houston to the Texans last weekend, so any distraction off the field behavior would only add to the team's misery.

San Francisco Chronicle columnist Scott Ostler speculated Monday Davis may fire Cable no matter what happens with the criminal or civil cases.

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