Randy Hanson, the Raiders defensive assistant who was treated for facial injuries two weeks ago following an incident during a coaching meeting, is planning to turn over his medical records to police and has hired an attorney, John McGuinn, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Hanson was involved in an altercation with Raiders head coach Tom Cable during the meeting, and sources close to the assistant contend that his jaw was fractured as a result. Hanson also is expected to aid in any police investigation into the incident.
Hanson was with the team at its Napa, Calif., training-camp headquarters when the incident occurred. He went to the emergency room at nearby Queen of the Valley Medical Center on Aug. 5, telling the staff there that he couldn’t sleep because of intense jaw pain. Hospital officials then called the police, as is protocol under law there when there are signs of an assault, and a police report was filed after midnight. Hanson told police only that he was struck by a member of the Raiders’ staff, but he refused to name any individuals. Hanson has since returned to a hospital, citing lower jaw pain.
Hanson isn’t returning messages, and McGuinn hasn’t returned messages left at his law firm. Cable at first refused to comment on the matter but since has told some media outlets that “nothing happened.” The Raiders have called it “an internal matter” and made no comments beyond that.
The NFL said it would investigate the matter after media reports about the incident emerged Monday.
No charges have been filed, and police aren’t proceeding with the case. However, Hanson has six months from the date of the incident to report a misdemeanor assault, and if he suffered a broken jaw as a result of any altercation, then police said it would be deemed a felony assault, meaning he would have a year to press charges. Police weren’t aware of Hanson’s condition at the time the report was filed because X-rays hadn’t yet been read, Napa Police Lt. Brian McGovern said.
Police and league officials could begin interviewing potential witnesses, including several Raiders coaches. Defensive coaches Willie Brown (defensive backs assistant), John Marshall (coordinator) and Lionel Washington (defensive backs) are among those who sources said could have been privy to the incident.
Should Hanson give an account to police, he likely will contend that he was struck by Cable, who then had to be pulled off him by other coaches, according to a source. A source close to Cable has said the altercation wasn’t overly physical and more like a heated argument.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has taken a firm stance in terms of player conduct — and league employee conduct overall — so many around the league will watch closely to see what if any discipline is involved, pending the outcome of any investigations. Suspensions and fines have been commonplace when players have been involved in physical altercations off the field.