The National Organization for Women called on the Oakland Raiders to suspend coach Tom Cable while the team investigates allegations he has a history of violent behavior toward women.
NOW president Terry O’Neill praised the Raiders in a statement for undertaking a “serious evaluation” of 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.
But she said Cable should be suspended while that investigation proceeds. The Raiders had no comment.
Coach defends Snyder
Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Blache broke his media silence Thursday to defend the man who pays his salary, saying “Enough’s enough” when it comes to criticism of owner Dan Snyder.
Blache said he was moved to speak after reading comments made by Hall of Fame running back John Riggins, who called Snyder a “bad guy” whose “heart is dark” in an interview for Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.”
“That’s totally, totally untrue,” Blache said. “And the problem is the fans don’t get to know Mr. Snyder like we do, and so they get an impression of things that are written and things people say.”
Indianapolis Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson likely will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee. … A jury in Jacksonville, Fla., convicted Tyrone Hartsfield, 33, Thursday of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of former Jaguars offensive lineman Richard Collier in 2008. The six-person jury deliberated two hours, 45 minutes before returning its verdict at the end of a nine-day trial. Hartsfield faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced in December. Collier, shot six times as he waited in his car outside a Jacksonville apartment building, is paralyzed from the waist down and his left leg was amputated. … The Jaguars have failed to sell out a home game for the fourth time this season, and Sunday’s game against Kansas City will not be televised locally. … Former Vikings first-round pick Erasmus James was arrested early Thursday after punching a friend in the face at a bar in Madison, Wis.