Football: Women’s group calls for suspension of Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The National Organization for Women says Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable should be suspended while the team investigates allegations he has a history of violent behavior toward women.
NOW president Terry O’Neill says in a statement that the Raiders are “properly” investigating charges made by Cable’s first wife, Sandy Cable, and former girlfriend, Marie Lutz, that the coach physically abused them at various times during their relationships.
O’Neill says Cable’s admission to striking his first wife means he has not been the “role model” he should be. She says he should resign and seek help. Cable has acknowledged striking his first wife with an open hand more than 20 years ago and says that’s the only time he’s ever touched a woman inappropriately.
The NOW statement was first reported by USA Today.
On Wednesday, Cable said Wednesday that he has spoken with Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis about allegations that Cable has a history of violent behavior toward women.
“What we talked about is between us and we’ll keep it that way,” he said.
Cable said the conversation came within the past two days and that his job status was not discussed. Cable said he plans to coach the team for the remainder of the season.
The Raiders are undergoing a “serious evaluation” of allegations made to ESPN by Cable’s first wife, Sandy Cable, and former girlfriend, Marie Lutz, that the coach physically abused them at various times during their relationships.
Cable acknowledged striking Sandy Cable with an open hand in a statement on Sunday. Cable said the altercation happened more than 20 years ago and was the only time he’s ever touched a woman inappropriately. He stood by that statement Wednesday, declining to answer any questions on the topic.
In other news, running back Darren McFadden (knee), receiver Chaz Schilens (foot) and offensive lineman Robert Gallery (leg) all returned to practice on a limited basis. Cable expects all three to be able to play when the team returns from its bye to face Kansas City on Nov. 15.
Defensive end Greg Ellis underwent arthroscopic surgery on his injured knee Wednesday and the team won’t know his status until next week.
Cable also said that Samson Satele will remain the starting center when Gallery returns. Chris Morris began the season as the starting center before moving to guard when Gallery broke a bone in his leg on Sept. 20 against the Chiefs. Cable said Satele has been a bright spot for the team of late.