Despite not having any criminal charges filed against him, Raiders coach Tom Cable could find himself involved in a civil lawsuit surrounding the punch that he reportedly threw on Randy Hanson. Yahoo Sports had the following about the incident and the possible civil lawsuit:
Accounts given to Napa Police investigators by the three assistants who witnessed the incident (Cable refused to submit to questioning) were “credible” and that any physical or verbal interaction between the two men did not rise to the level of assault. Lieberstein said he believed that Cable had bumped into defensive backs coach Lionel Washington, who then collided with Hanson, causing Hanson to fall out of his chair. Scoffed one source close to Hanson:
“Yeah, that’s believable. I’ve been doing some research, and it appears that’s the first case in recorded history of someone getting ‘accidentally’ knocked out of a chair and breaking [his] jaw.” Hanson’s attorney, John McGuinn, did not return phone calls seeking comment, but he indicated last Thursday in an interview with Y! Sports that a civil suit – likely against Cable and the Raiders – would proceed regardless of Lieberstein’s decision. “I personally could care less whether they prosecute the case, because we don’t need the DA to prosecute this case to pursue it as a civil matter,” McGuinn said at the time. “His case is as strong without the criminal prosecution as it is with it.”
Cable was cleared of any criminal charges by Napa Police investigators on Thursday. There is still no word on if the NFL will step in and do anything at this point to the coach as well.