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Tom Cable and Shawne Merriman: Will Slanted Media Strike Again?

Raider Card Addict@RaidercardadictSenior Writer IOctober 6, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Head coach Tom Cable of the Oakland Raiders looks on against the Denver Broncos on September 27, 2009 during an NFL game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Before anyone jumps the gun, the question that disturbs people of the Raider Nation, should be easy.

Innocent or guilty?

So far all we know regarding the case at hand was Randy Hanson went to a hospital with a broken jaw. As the media pounced on a leaked source, rumors circulated that Tom Cable, coach for the Oakland Raiders delivered a sucker punch during a meeting to the young coach, who has been at the center of arguments in the past.

Later on, Randy Hanson put the deed on Tom Cable, claiming it was his actions that injured him, and with the help of his lawyer is seeking to have Cable arrested and charged with felony assault.

So far, the only one who is making a lot of talk, is Hanson's lawyer. Talking to NFL.com, in the lawyer's opinion it's "a case of textbook case of felony assault".

What is interesting, is that this lawyer wasn't in the room. The only thing he has to go on, is the word of one coach who is obviously not going to be employed by the Raiders anymore. As well, he is hoping that one of the three coaches, who Hanson named will testify against Cable about the meeting, to give it credibility.

In the meantime, the Raiders season is spiraling downhill, with this getting dug up every week.

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On the other hand, Shawne Merriman, who before the season had started had his own two minutes of fame originating from an altercation. As it was, his matter was cleared up in short order, DA heard the information and decided to not file charges. Quick, clean and fast.

Is there a reason that this case is being dragged on? More fuel for the media who don't have enough dirt to throw on the Raiders? Recently the Yahoo Sports reported that an arrest was imminent, but this was later denied by the DA's office.

Sounds like the muckrakers come in two flavors...lawyers and media.

I think if Cable is found innocent, he should demand letters of apology from  John McGuinn and other media icons who believe they are perfect. Dragging this through the season is robbing the fans of a season without distraction.

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