Ex-Raiders coach on alleged assault: 'I don’t know what I don’t remember'

ppemberton@thetribunenews.comApril 23, 2013 

Randy Hanson, 44, was arrested Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Original story »

A former Oakland Raiders football coach told a jury Tuesday that he was intoxicated the night he allegedly committed assault and doesn’t know whether 10 glasses of wine impacted his memory of the events.

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

Hanson is charged with two felonies for allegedly striking James Kelsey, 51, with a beer bottle outside of Harry’s Bar and Night Club and Beach Bar in Pismo Beach. While Kelsey said the attack was unprovoked, Hanson claims he acted in self-defense.

Hanson received national attention in 2009 after Raiders head coach Tom Cable threw him off a chair during a coach’s meeting, breaking Hanson’s jaw.

On Aug. 3, 2012, Hanson was a defensive coach for Cal Poly’s football team when head coach Tim Walsh asked him to help entertain Mustang boosters at Mr. Rick’s in Avila Beach. The boosters had specifically requested Hanson’s company because of his involvement with the Raiders. According to the District Attorney’s Office, Kelsey, a patron there, helped Hanson and the boosters procure a limo and was invited to ride along with the group.

After a stop at Harry’s, limo driver Gerald Vizard testified, Hanson returned to the limo and lay in the back. Several minutes later, Vizard said, Kelsey returned to the limo and nudged Hanson so he would move over.

“Mr. Kelsey leaned forward in the vehicle and tried to wake Mr. Hanson,” he testified.

At that point, Hanson abruptly hit Kelsey with a beer bottle, Vizard said.

“When I was hit, luckily the bottle hit right here on the ridge,” Kelsey said, pointing to the middle of his glasses.

He suffered a broken nose and concussion during the incident, a doctor previously testified.

Hanson said he doesn’t remember Kelsey ever riding in a limo with him. But, he testified previously, he remembers Kelsey approaching him at Harry’s. There, Hanson said, Kelsey began to taunt him about the incident with Cable. Later, Hanson added, Kelsey followed him to the limo and threatened him, saying he was Cable’s cousin and that Cable was a real Raider.

Locked inside the limo, Hanson said, he was frightened.

“I thought he was going to break the damn window, unlock the door and pull me out into the street,” he said.

Under questioning by Deputy District Attorney Sandra Mitchell, Hanson said he was intoxicated and couldn’t remember several events from that night, including dancing at Mr. Rick’s and bumping into bar patrons.

“There’s actually quite a lot you don’t remember from that night, is that correct?” Mitchell said.

“I don’t know,” Hanson answered.

Attorneys will offer closing arguments Thursday.

The Tribune is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service