Former Raiders coach cites self defense in drunken felony case

Former Raiders coach cites self defense in drunken felony case
April 24, 2013, 10:00 am
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Randy Hanson said he was provoked by the man he allegedly struck with a beer bottle at a Pismo Beach restaurant last August. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Randy Hanson -- the former Oakland Raiders assistant coach infamous for being assaulted by former head coach Tom Cable in 2009 -- is claiming self defense in the Aug. 3 incident that resulted in two felony charges, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

Details of the case are muddled as Hanson told the Southern California jury Tuesday that he's unsure whether 10 glasses of wine is clouding his memory of the specific events that led to his alleged assault of 51-year old James Kelsey at a Pismo Beach bar last fall. 

"What I’m saying is, I don’t know what I don’t remember,” said Hanson.

Kelsey, who suffered a broken nose and concussion during the incident, claims he was attacked unprovoked.

Hanson, 44, was arrested Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Attorneys will offer closing arguments Thursday.