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Doug Farrar

Doug Farrar

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Of course, it depends on what Tom Cable's actually done. If it turns out that the only instance of violence against women that can be proven against Cable is an open hand to his former wife 20 years ago, as distasteful as that is, I think the league would be hard-pressed to do anything about it. But if there's anything to the Marie Lutz story, which is much more recent, the NFL would be hard-pressed NOT to do something.

In a larger sense, one has to wonder what's going on with Tom Cable and the Raiders organization in general. ESPN may not be the ultimate bastion of journalism, but it's also not a network that generally goes out of its way to fashion hatchet-jobs against single subjects with no justifiable proof. I always thought it was odd that the Napa County District Attorney's office decided not to pursue the case of Raiders assistant Randy Hanson -- you've got a guy who's fearing for his job, and having suffered a head injury, and you drop the case because he didn't call the police and his story wasn't consistent? Maybe Hanson's the rat here, but in light of recent developments, Tom Cable either has a real problem with anger management or he is one very wronged person. When the list of "witnesses for the prosecution" grows to this degree, things become far more complicated.

What if the league disciplines him, or the Raiders fire him, and it turns out that he actually is innocent of every charge but the one against his former wife that he's already admitted to? That's what his employers must now balance. Cable is between a rock and a hard place, but he's not the only one.

By Doug Farrar  |  November 2, 2009; 8:31 AM ET  | Category:  Oakland Raiders Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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