The former wife of Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable, a 1982 Snohomish High graduate and later Idaho coach, and a recent girlfriend claim Cable has a history of violent behavior toward women, and asked that he seek help for his anger.

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SAN DIEGO — The former wife of Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable, a 1982 Snohomish High graduate and later Idaho coach, and a recent girlfriend claim Cable has a history of violent behavior toward women, and asked that he seek help for his anger.

Sandy Cable, who went to high school with Cable at Snohomish and became his first wife, and Marie Lutz said in seperate interviews on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that Cable physically abused them at various times during their relationships.

Tom Cable’s attorney, Donald Yee, said in a statement that ESPN refused to provide details about the story when the network asked for comment. Yee also questioned the network’s motives after waiting until Friday to contact the coach.

“In our view, ESPN has quite purposefully chosen not to provide a fair and balanced story,” Yee said. “To us, this represents ambush journalism and utterly fails to meet the standards and practices of responsible journalists.”

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said the network stands by its story.

Cable, 44, acknowledged striking Sandy Cable with an open hand in a statement released to The Associated Press. Cable said the altercation happened more than 20 years ago and was the only time he’s ever touched a woman inappropriately.

“During my first marriage, I became aware that my wife, Sandy, had committed adultery,” Cable said in the statement. “I became very angry and slapped her with an open hand. What I did was wrong and I have regretted and felt sorrow about that moment ever since.”

Sandy Cable followed up her former husband’s statement with her own Sunday, saying, “He constantly made accusations throughout the relationship. There was never any infidelity on my part. And he did not slap me, he punched me.”

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