The attorney for Randy Hanson, the Raiders' assistant claiming to have had his jaw busted in the Aug. 5 incident, had a lengthy chat with the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora. Hanson himself still has not spoken publicly, but his attorney says Hanson was interviewed by Napa Police Friday and did hand over medical records proving his jaw was broken in the melee.
Hanson's attorney, John McGuinn, told the NFL Network this is a "textbook case of felony assault." He gave the most extensive update on the case yet, saying that Hanson is still receiving paychecks from the Raiders and revealing that his client just last week gave his full account to the Napa Police.
"Randy answered the detective's questions, but we have no idea whether charges will be coming," McGuinn told the NFL Network. "That will strictly be determined by the police and the DA's office. We have no input."
That attorney doesn't sound very interested in the criminal charges aspect of this case. Because unlike the civil charges, criminal charges will not result in an enormous settlement check for his client.
The attorney also made the surprising claim that Hanson has been coaching Raiders' defensive backs on the sly since being put on paid leave. "Before their last preseason game several players contacted Randy and said they needed help," McGuinn said. "They said, 'If we get you a computer can you help us come up with some tips?' Randy worked with them and they played really well in that game, particularly the defensive backs."
This lawyer makes it sound like Cable not only punched Randy Hanson, but then broke into his apartment and stole all his electronic stuff. I find it kind of impossible to believe that a six-year NFL assistant coach is sitting home on full paid leave and doesn't already have a computer.
"So the guys asked him to do it again," the attorney continued, "And he met with them before the Monday night game in San Diego, and the defensive backs played well again. Al Davis doesn't know he's been providing detailed coaching for these guys, and Randy has not gotten any credit for it."
Al Davis will be breathing poisonous snakes if it's true that a suspended member of his staff is working with the players behind his back.
The Oakland Tribune's Jerry McDonald offers some good perspective on the attorney's remarks. "Keep in mind only one person is talking on the record and its the person being paid to represent Hanson," McDonald tweets.
And this is part of his plan to make sure he is paid a very large sum for representing Hanson.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who will get Randy Hanson a computer in exchange for the dirt on that punching incident.