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Larry Brown

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Anger Mismanagement


The issues with Tom Cable arose in August when it was alleged that he struck his assistant coach, Randy Hanson, during a meeting, breaking his jaw. While such an assault would constitute a serious offense under Roger Goodell's code of conduct, the witnesses to the story (Cable's assistant coaches) didn't corroborate Hanson's account. Even if the police can't prove that Tom Cable punched Randy Hanson, there is no doubt that Cable's overreaction and violent temper caused Randy Hanson to wind up with a broken jaw. When you combine this incident with the alleged domestic violence charges by several women with whom Cable has been involved, it becomes pretty clear that Tom Cable has anger and violence issues.

Since none of us were actually present for any of the alleged incidents, we will never know what exactly went on (only the involved parties will). But we do know that Tom Cable's anger and violence have been a problem in his life and have even impacted his job as the head coach of the Raiders. For that reason, he shouldn't just be left alone by the league without something being done. Just as players represent the league, coaches do too. Until these incidents are proven, you can't fairly punish Cable with a fine or suspension like you would with a player. But it is not only fair, but also warranted, that Tom Cable receive counseling for his anger and violence issues. The Randy Hanson incident alone should have been better handled before any of these stories came up.

By Larry Brown  |  November 2, 2009; 8:07 AM ET  | Category:  Crime , Oakland Raiders , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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