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Key Raider says Cable saga not a distraction

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

I got the feeling from being around the Oakland Raiders on Saturday night that the team is not fretting over the fact that their head coach, Tom Cable, is reportedly involved in a police investigation involving an assault involving two Oakland coaches.

I asked team leader Nnamdi Asomugha if the issue was affecting the team. Asomugha didn't hesitate.

"No, not at all," he said after the Raiders lost 21-20 to San Francisco.

Asomugha, a star left cornerback, had an interesting reason why the issue wasn't affecting the team.

"I'm just being honest, but we're used to these types of stories," Asomugha said. "We had distractions in the past, so we have learned how to compartmentalize these things and not let it affect us. ... If a story like this came out on a team that wasn't used to controversial stories, maybe it would be an issue. But this is not affecting us."

Last year, the Raiders had to deal with the Al Davis-Lane Kiffin saga. This one is nothing to the team. Asomugha said players don't talk about the Cable situation much at all, and coaches don't talk to them about it.

"It really hasn't been a distraction at all," Asomugha said.