Napa County, Calif., District Attorney Gary Lieberstein has dropped charges against Oakland Raiders Coach Tom Cable, who is accused of assaulting one of his assistants.
Lieberstein said Thursday that his office has investigated the charges fully and found that no charges were justified. For the past two months, Cable has denied charges that he slugged assistant Randy Hanson, breaking his jaw and cracking two teeth. Hanson also alleged that Cable threatened to kill him before the other coaches pulled him away.
"Our duty is to do the right thing for the right reasons," Lieberstein said. "Under the facts and circumstances of this case, it would be a miscarriage of justice to pursue criminal charges and we will not ask our citizens to give up their valuable time for jury duty, nor will we allow our criminal justice system to be compromised."
Added Raiders spokesman Mike Taylor, "The Raider organization waited patiently for a comprehensive legal process to conclude and now this matter has been resolved. Our focus has been and remains on the New York Jets."
But it doesn’t mean that Cable is out of hot water. Last week, Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league could still punish the coach if it comes to a different conclusion following its own investigation. "We will review the decision announced earlier today by the Napa District Attorney and the facts developed in the underlying investigation," the league said in a statement Thursday. "Following that review, we will take appropriate action, if any, under our policies."