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Coaching Conduct Unbecoming?

Given that coaches are governed by the same conduct policy as players, how should NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell react to Tom Cable's admission that he hit his former wife?

Posted by Emil Steiner on November 2, 2009 6:00 AM
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Joran: @DELOH: I don't think ESPN is jumping the gun here. They have dispositions by two of Tom Cable's ex-wives alleging physical abuse. ESPN a...

ballgame: Other than the alleged altercation with the asst. coach, I don't see why this is an NFL issue at all. If Oakland (his employer) wants to fi...

Dungarees: I'm not going to comment on anything that's recent but without more information, the fact that a grown man - and a big one at that - hit his...

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delOH Author Profile Page :

Am I the only one who remembers the rants of a woman at Duke, the media frenzy, and the aftermath? ESPN is way outside the lines on this.

cadam72 Author Profile Page :

While certainly innocent until proven guilty, it seems far diffrant from the Duke episode. You have an ex-wife who clearly in her final respnsee says he did nto slap her but punched her (250 lb man) as well as a recent girlfriend and an employee. I would not be surprised if there was a cash settlement for the employee. Cable will be under the microscope in the future and most likely a short tenure.

Joran Author Profile Page :

@DELOH: I don't think ESPN is jumping the gun here. They have dispositions by two of Tom Cable's ex-wives alleging physical abuse. ESPN also has on camera, one of his former girlfriends also accusing him of physical abuse.

One of Tom Cable's coaches also alleged that he punched him in face, breaking his jaw.

It's pretty clear that there's a pattern of behavior and it isn't pretty. I'm more inclined to believe the four different people than Tom Cable.

ballgame Author Profile Page :

Other than the alleged altercation with the asst. coach, I don't see why this is an NFL issue at all. If Oakland (his employer) wants to fire him or wanted not to hire him in the first place b/c of his past conduct that is one thing. But I don't think the NFL should be able to go back and look at things that happened before he was the head coach and punish him now. The NFL should not use their personal conduct policy for events that occurred in the past.

And I don't see much of a cash settlement for the former asst. coach in light of the DA is not pressing charges...the ex-girlfriend maybe to make it go away, but I doubt that too.

Dungarees Author Profile Page :

I'm not going to comment on anything that's recent but without more information, the fact that a grown man - and a big one at that - hit his wife 20 years ago isn't what I'm necessarily going to tie to saying that there's a "pattern of behavior".

Am I justifying what he might have done - again, might have done? No, of course not. But in the same manner I wouldn't hold someone who, 20 years ago had questionable beliefs but had since changed, I don't know that I want to say there's a pattern of anything without knowing the circumstances of what happened, what actually happened (not inuendo, and definitely not what callers to sports talk shows or sports/news blogs are saying anonymously), and whether or not, and maybe why not, no complaints were made by the spouse that developed into something substantive.

The bottom line to me is, yes, maybe he did something 20 years ago, and maybe he did hit someone, but should I hold an alleged act that wasn't brought to legal resolution against a person for 20 plus years?

 
 
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