Ex-Raiders assistant coach Randy Hanson on trial for assault

Ex-Raiders assistant coach Randy Hanson on trial for assault
Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable, left, and defensive assistant Randy Hanson.
(Associated Press)

Three years ago, Randy Hanson accused then-Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable of breaking his jaw and teeth during a fight at the team’s training camp.

Now the ex-assistant coach for the team known as the “Silver and Black” is on trial for allegedly leaving a man’s face black and blue after an assault at a Pismo Beach bar.


Hanson, 45, is facing two felony charges for allegedly smashing a beer bottle into the face of 51-year-old James Kelsey outside Harry’s Bar and Night Club.

On Tuesday, the ex-assistant Raiders coach testified he had a fuzzy memory of the incident because he was drunk, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune.


But Hanson added that if he struck Kelsey, it was because he had taunted him earlier in the night about the incident with Cable and then threatened him.

After Hanson accused Cable of assaulting him in 2009, the NFL investigated the incident, but did not punish the head coach after the Napa County district attorney’s office declined to file criminal charges in the case.

Prosecutors said there were inconsistencies in Hanson’s story. Shortly after being cleared in the training camp incident, Cable faced allegations of a history of domestic violence against women.

Hanson got a job as a defensive coach for the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Mustangs football team in April 2012. Four months later, in early August, Hanson was asked by the team’s coach, Tim Walsh, to entertain Mustangs boosters at Mr. Rick’s in Avila Beach, according to the Tribune.


The boosters had asked to hang around with Hanson because of his connection to the Raiders. At Mr. Rick’s, Kelsey helped get a limo for Hanson and the boosters, the newspaper said. Kelsey was invited to tag along.

During the trial, limo driver Gerald Vizard testified the ex-Raiders assistant coach went back to the limo after the stop at Harry’s Bar and Night Club to lay down. Vizard said that minutes later, Kelsey went to the limo and nudged Hanson to move over.

Vizard said Hanson suddenly smacked Kelsey with a beer bottle. Kelsey’s nose was broken and he suffered a concussion, a doctor previously testified, according to the Tribune.

In his defense, Hanson testified he was frightened and thought Kelsey was going to “break the damn window, unlock the door and pull me out into the street.”


Hanson also said that when Kelsey followed him to the limo, he told him he was Cable’s cousin and that Cable was a “real” Raider.

But under questioning by Deputy Dist. Atty. Sandra Mitchell, according to the newspaper, Hanson said he was so intoxicated he couldn’t remember several events from that night, including bumping into patrons at Mr. Rick’s while dancing.

“What I’m saying is I don’t know what I don’t remember,” Hanson testified at one point.

Closing arguments in the trial are expected Thursday.


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