Source: NFL unlikely to punish Cable

Updated: November 16, 2009, 5:01 PM ET
By Adam Schefter | ESPN

Unless other facts emerge, the NFL is not expected to discipline Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable for the assault allegations that a former wife and girlfriend levied against him, a league source has said.

However, the league has directed Cable into a clinical evaluation process to determine whether further action is necessary due to conditions such as anger management or substance abuse.

Historically, the NFL has not disciplined people when law enforcement has studied the incident and determined there is not enough evidence to proceed with the case. In the case of the alleged assaults against women previously in his life, no charges were filed against Cable, nor were any civil cases brought against him.

What's notable about this is that legal experts said California is protective of its complaining witnesses and has an extremely low tolerance level for domestic abuse.

Meanwhile, a source close to former Raiders assistant Randy Hanson told ESPN's Bob Ley on Monday that Hanson has not been contacted by anyone from the NFL office or NFL security regarding Hanson's training camp incident with Raiders coach Tom Cable.

Napa County district attorney Gary Lieberstein said last month he would not pursue charges against Cable for allegedly breaking Hanson's jaw in August, citing inconsistencies in Hanson's story that were not corroborated by the three assistant coaches in the room at the time.

Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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