NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello confirmed this morning that the league is now looking into whatever altercation may have taken place during a Raiders meeting at their Napa, Calif., headquarters on Aug 5. Randy Hanson, a defensive assistant, told police while being treated in a hospital on Aug. 6 that the facial injuries he suffered were a result of being struck by a member of the Raiders’ staff during a meeting.
Now the league, and NFL Security, will try to sort out exactly what happened. Sources close to Hanson contend that head coach Tom Cable was involved in a physical altercation with Hanson, resulting in him seeking medical attention. A source who has talked to Cable contended that whatever happened in the meeting room was not overtly physical and more along the lines of a heated discussion. A Raiders source told Warren Sapp that the incident between staffers involved Hanson and Cable.
The league has shown a vested interest in upholding players and coaches to a high standard when it comes to their conduct, with Commissioner Roger Goodell handing down suspensions for these actions. At this point it is not a legal matter, as Hanson did not name an accuser in the police report and he has yet to press any charges. That could change, however, with Hanson having up to six months to press charges from the point of the incident.
Obviously, this is a sensitive issue, and there are often varied interpretations of what occurred, it’s severity and what types of injuries were likely to occur as a result. To this point, Hanson has made no statements about the incident and is not returning messages, and Cable repeatedly declined to discuss the matter Monday, then eventually told some media outlets that essentially “nothing happened” in the meeting room.
The Raiders have shown no inclination to publicly address the situation either, dubbing it “an internal matter” when asked about the police report, so it could very well be that the league will have the ultimate say in whatever punishments, if any, are warranted in this incident.