Note to Media: Tom Cable Is Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Colin Mehigan@@colinmehiganCorrespondent IAugust 22, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 21:  Head coach Tom Cable of the Oakland Raiders looks on against the Houston Texans during an NFL game on December 21, 2008 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

It is obvious that many of today's media members have never set foot inside an NFL locker room.

Training camp is an intense, secluded, pressurized period of time where many a coach realizes that the groundwork is being set for the forthcoming season, and in turn, so is their own future employment prospectus.

We will, in all likelihood, never fully discover what precisely happened between Tom Cable and Randy Hanson. But clearly, many media members have decided that Cable is guilty of an offense before he has even spoken to the police.

The likes of Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News and Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports have forged careers out of reporting every single mishap and malfunction of the Oakland Raiders.

While the Raiders have supplied many a malfunction to report, the above mentioned dynamic duo do seem to have particular relish in the Raiders' malaise. Both seem to be at the doorway to the Raiders' Alameda headquarters, waiting with glee for the next dysfunctional story to scribe.

Meanwhile, over on the NFL Network, former Raider Warren Sapp does not hide his hatred of an organization that paid him millions. I find this especially odd, as I personally would show eternal gratefulness to any organization that paid me close to $15 million.

I am finding it a struggle to determine what exactly the point is of having Sapp on the NFL Network. He openly despises, distrusts, and abhors the Raiders, yet us fans gave him nothing but unwavering support in his four years in Oakland.

Give me Rod Woodson, Jamie Dukes, or Marshall Faulk any day of the week.

Until we know the facts and we are able to fully ascertain what happened inside the Raiders' training camp on the day of Aug. 5 nobody, especially the media, should jump to any conclusion. "Sheriff" Roger Goodell should also take note.

Is this not the foundation for every democracy?


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