ESPN’s Outside The Lines reports this morning that three different women in Tom Cable’s life have accused the Raiders Coach of physical abuse in public document filings.
This morning ESPN aired on-camera comments from Cable’s first wife Sandy, as she accused the coach of punching her in the jaw during their marriage. Another woman, Marie Lutz, a woman that Cable dated before marrying his third wife (Carol) in May, also accused Cable of striking her in the face. Cable’s second wife Glenda, who receives a five-figure child support payment from Cable each month, disputed her previously documented abuse charge.
After ESPN aired the allegations, Cable quickly fired off a response which was read post-haste by Bob Ley on-air.
Cable claimed in the statement that he had only struck a woman once in his life, when his first wife Sandy told him that she had been unfaithful. The coach claims he used an “open-hand” at the time. Cable also intimated extortion by Lutz, noting that she had previously said she would “ruin him” during a previous alteration witness by his current wife.
Chris Mortensen reported this morning the NFL will not immediately discipline Cable because of the documented abuse allegations.
You can only imagine what the reaction would be to this if this happened to a legitimate franchise. But since it’s the Raiders, which is more cartoon than football club, it’s just another brick in the road leading to the team’s demise this season.
As for Cable’s coaching future, I don’t expect Al Davis to do anything, because he doesn’t want to have to pay Cable for doing nothing. The league is another matter. Roger Goodell more than likely holds Cable’s football future in his hands.
The allegations of abuse from the three women are nothing new, so the only thing that will cause Cable to be suspended or lose his job will more than likely come from the league office.