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I saw that your great leader Greg Hardy changed (and quickly deleted) his Twitter profile bio, levitra I thought ‘good for him.’ I’m sure he teamed up with his high-powered attorney, his therapist and the communications team at your storied organization to figure out the exact message he wanted to send. Of course, that message would be one of equality. Respect. Dignity. And remorse.

What did he do instead?

There is so much happening here that I hardly know where to begin. But we will start with the fact that Greg “Perfection” Hardy isn’t innocent. The police report and the case file both spell out in great detail what he did that night. And the reason why this essentially went away is because he probably, allegedly paid this woman a nice sum of money to keep her mouth shut. This does not make you innocent. It makes you privileged. And he was afforded that privilege because he is a member of the National Football League.

Which brings me to his next point, that he’s being discriminated against. Wow. Someone needs to school him – hey, maybe it could be someone from your staff – on what discrimination actually means. Discrimination isn’t brutalizing another human being and still getting a potential $13.1 million dollar contract to play in the NFL (which, by the way, is a privilege in and of itself). Discrimination is not paying off said human and having that record expunged because you have enough money get away with anything short of murder.

Discrimination is not being allowed in a private club because of your race. It’s being screened out of a job because you are a woman. Discrimination, quite literally, is treating someone as inferior based on their race, sex, national origin, age or other characteristics. What ‘other characteristic’ does he fall into in this instance? Because being black, a man, American or in his twenties has nothing to do with the backlash that’s happening to him. Being a domestic abuser, however…

It’s obvious that he doesn’t get it. He doesn’t understand what it is to respect the position that he is in or, more importantly, to respect women. He doesn’t get that it’s not okay to blame ‘ignorance and lack of information’ on what is happening to him right now. Because what’s happening to him right now isn’t even a portion of the physical, mental and emotional trauma that he put on his ex-girlfriend that night.

He threw her into a bathtub, dragged her out of it by her hair, slammed her onto a futon filled with assault rifles, and then called the police on her to cover his tracks. He had his friend hold her back while he made up a story about her assaulting him. He called her crazy and terrified her to the point of running from the police who where actually there to help her. And now, when he’s had ample chances to apologize for his actions that night, he chooses to make comments about opponents’ wives, say phrases like “come out guns blazin’ and (briefly, cowardly) change his social media profile to reflect the agony, the anguish that I’m sure he feels is unfairly lashed at him.

What does that sound like to you? Does that sound like a person who wants to change right now? Does this sound like a remorseful, reflective young man who has seen the error in his ways and is ready to tackle whatever demons lingering in his psyche?

No. He sounds like a guy who is doing all the wrong things with his behaviors being reinforced by the man who signs his checks. You, Dallas Cowboys, are better than being willfully and unapologetically guilty of encouraging this vile behavior.

So please, I’m begging you: cut ties with Greg Hardy. Give him whatever dollar amount the NFL Players’ Association says he “deserves”, and wipe your hands of that narcissistic, disrespectful piece of trash who has no business representing a historic franchise such as yours.

You bill yourselves as America’s Team. Which America are you referring to? The one that was built on lethal injustices and bows only to the Almighty Dollar? Or the America that fights for equality and stands together against anything that comes up against it? So far, you’ve been on the wrong side of this scale.

Do better.

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Well, illness ladies, the time has finally come. On Wednesday, the Chicago Bulls open the 2014-2015 season against the New York Knicks. There was a lot of talk this past summer over who the Bulls would bring on to replace Carlos Boozer (most notably Carmelo Anthony, who, like Lebron James, decided that “home is where the heart is”, despite the Bulls’ best efforts), it was time to turn to a player on the international level. And that player is sexy Spaniard Pau Gasol, our HAM of the Week.

The 34-year-old Barcelona native is most likely going to be in the starting lineup as a power forward/center, and we honestly can’t wait to see him show off his skills.

He’s no stranger to championships, either. He won two NBA Championships in 2009 and 2010 with the Los Angeles Lakers, is a four-time All-Star and a three-time All-NBA selection. He also earned NBA Rookie of the Year honors in 2002, the only non-American NBA player to win the award.

The 7-foot, 250-lbs Gasol was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the third overall pick in the first round of the 2001 NBA draft, but was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies soon after. He played seven seasons with the team before being traded to the Lakers in 2008.

Gasol began his basketball career playing for FC Barcelona Basquet, playing with his school team and Barcelona’s junior and senior teams during the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons. He would later pick up two Olympic silver medals with the Spanish national basketball team in 2008 and 2012.

Pau Gasol, http://www.usatoday.com

Pau Gasol, http://www.usatoday.com

Gasol also has immense dedication: he played all 164 games in his first two NBA seasons. In 2005, Gasol earned his 5,000th point and 500th block in January 2005 against the Indiana Pacers, the 10th fastest player to reach the feat since the 1973-74 season. He continued to set records in points, rebounds, assists and blocked shots in the Grizzlies franchise, and helped lead the team to three straight playoff appearances. Those stats helped him earn an appearance at the 2006 NBA All-Star game. He also helped Spain win the 2006 FIBA World Championship, where he was named MVP.

Gasol earned his third straight All-Star selection and All-NBA second team honors in the 2010-2011 season and served as co-captain with Kobe Bryant the following season. He also earned the 2011-2012 Community Assist Award for his charitable efforts in children’s education and health, proving that he is a “champion on the court and in the community”.

Pau Gasol, http://www.bleacherreport.com

Pau Gasol, http://www.bleacherreport.com

Following the 2010 NBA Championship win, Sporting News named Gasol one of the 20 Smartest Athletes. Fun fact: he left the University of Barcelona medical school to pursue his basketball career. And he speaks three languages–Catalan, Spanish and English.

He’s very active on social media, and often tweets in both English and Spanish. And while he’s taken (for now!) we can’t help but stare at his amazing features, from his gorgeous brown locks to his soft brown eyes. Plus, he is superior at selfies:

Looks like things certainly run in the family, as Gasol‘s younger (and equally gorgeous) brother Marc is a current forward for the Grizzlies (but was actually selected by the Lakers in the 2007 NBA Draft).

 

Gasol is a fresh change to the lineup, and he’s obviously a great fit with the team. And bonus: the Bulls get an extra-spooky showdown with Lebron and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.

We can’t wait to see Number 16 “Run With The Bulls” on Wednesday, but if you can’t wait until then, follow Gasol on Twitter and Instagram at @paugasol.

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Even though we don’t have the greatest baseball teams, doctor we are tried and true dedicated Chicago fans—and that was noted by our “Windy City Sweep” in selecting the NL and AL winners, buy cialis the “Fan Vote” that would send White Sox’s Chris Sale and CubsAnthony Rizzo to join the best of the best at the 2014 All-Star Game in Minneapolis on Tuesday.  Rizzo’s stellar performance throughout this season (and All-Star cred) is one to be noted, which is why we’ve named him our HAM of the Week.

I made my first trip of the summer to the friendly confines for a beautiful Sunday Funday, and I was ecstatic to see our HAM of the Week in action. Win or lose, the 24-year-old first baseman is definitely one of the stars of the team, and it’s easy to see why he’s such a fan favorite.

Anthony Rizzo, http://www.bleacherreport.com

Anthony Rizzo, http://www.bleacherreport.co

Rizzo was first drafted by the Boston Red Sox at 17 following his senior year of high school in the 2007 MLB Draft. Theo Epstein was the-then manager of the team, but when Epstein was called in 2011 to be the Cubs’ current GM, he brought Rizzo in with him.

We first profiled Rizzo two years ago when he was first called up by the organization. Unlike a lot of Cubs prospects, he shined in his rookie season and is one of the club’s most celebrated prospects. During that season, he had three game-winning RBIs in his first five games, the first player in the team’s history. He hit 7 homers alone in July, and was named the NL Rookie of the Month.

So far this season, he’s had 20 home runs and 49 RBIs over 92 games with an average of .277 and is climbing the ranks among the top first basemen in the National League.

He’s the face of an All-American boy: Born in New Jersey and raised in Florida, he seems to have the “boy next door” charm and humble personality. He’s 100% Italian, though, but I’m sure he can make a mean spaghetti with marinara:

Besides his impressive accomplishments, Rizzo is also a cancer survivor. Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma not even a full year into the minor leagues in May 2008, he was successfully treated with chemotherapy. Rizzo is a big advocate and his charity, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, hosts annual “Cook-off For Cancer” and “Walk Off For Cancer” events.

What else is there to know about the smiley baseball stud?

Anthony RIzzo, http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Anthony Rizzo, http://www.huffingtonpost.com

According to the ladies of “A Drink With”, he would be willing to trade places with Bears’ linebacker Brandon Marshall for a day, and we think he’s got the skills to mesh with Cutty and the crew.

He’s also revealed he is very much single, and is willing to call girls to ask them out. You heard it first—chivalry isn’t dead!

We already know this year probably isn’t “the year” for the Cubbies (shocking), but maybe Theo and Rick should start bringing up more prospects and giving them a chance to hone their skills in the majors for more than a few days—former HAM of the Week Mike Olt is climbing up the ranks and showing signs of the “Rizzo” effect—who is going to be next?

Catch this hottie with teammate Starlin Castro on Tuesday during the All-Star Game at 7 PM on FOX, and on Friday and Saturday versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Follow Anthony Rizzo on Twitter at @ARizzo44.

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While we’ve all been caught up in World Cup madness, case both the Bulls and the Blackhawks created some major waves in their respective drafts this past weekend. And though we’ve still got plenty of time before both seasons start, cialis sale we thought we’d kick off the week getting to know one of the newest members of the Chicago Bulls from the 2014 draft: Doug McDermott, our HAM of the Week.

If you look up “Tall, Dark and Handsome” in the dictionary, you will definitely find 22-year-old Doug McDermott’s picture. The 6’8”, 225-lbs Grand Forks, North Dakota native may play at small forward, but we think he’s going to be a huge powerhouse for the Bulls in the 2014-15 season.

Doug McDermott, http://espn.go.com

Doug McDermott, http://espn.go.com

The Bulls drafted the former Creighton star, as the 11th pick in the first round. At Creighton, (where he was coached by his father, Greg), he led the NCAA in scoring for the 2013-14 season with 26.9 points per game, was a three-time consecutive first team All-American from 2012-14 and a three-time consecutive first team All Midwest Valley Conference from 2011-2013, this year’s Consensus Player of the Year and was awarded the John R. Wooden Award as the most outstanding men’s college basketball player.

McDermott began his career in Ames, Iowa, where he led the high school team to 53 consecutive wins and won consecutive Iowa state titles. Though he was set to attend Northern Iowa on a scholarship, he left to play for his dad. If being the coach’s son wasn’t enough pressure, the younger McDermott seemed to thrive on it, as he became one of eight players in NCAA men’s basketball history to pass 3,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in all four years with the Bluejays.

Doug McDermott knows about the art of scoring, as mentioned in this interview with Fox Sports:

McDermott also has history of playing overseas: following his freshman year, he played for the United States in the FIBA Under-19 World Championship, where the team placed fifth.

Doug McDermott, http://college-basketball.si.com

Doug McDermott, http://college-basketball.si.com

He also landed the March 12 cover of Sports Illustrated, which pays homage to the 1977 cover featuring Larry Bird.

By the way, his Twitter avatar is amazing—”Dougie” really is the bees knees.

And when you get praise from former Chicago Bull Kyle Korver (who also played at Creighton), you know you’re on the right team.

But McDermott is just like the rest of us in that maybe he’s not the next Jordan Spieth, and maybe he hates public speaking. But that boyish charm sure has our hearts beating loud and clear.

According to ESPN, McDermott’s path to basketball stardom is just beginning, and we can’t wait to see more amazingness from him when he’s off the bench and playing at the UC.

Is it too early for us to give the young newbie a nickname? Just based on his stats, we really want to go with McBuckets…

Follow Doug McDermott on Twitter at @dougmcd3 and Instagram at @dougmcd35.

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I know absolutely nothing about professional soccer. It’s not a sport I usually follow (and to make matters confusing, buy viagra many countries refer to the sport as “football”) but with the World Cup being every four years, online not to mention the hot guys from around the world (not to mention I’m a sucker for accents), decease I miiight just have to start paying attention. Whether you’re a newbie or an aficionada, these five players are ones you need to know, our HAMs of the Week:

Name: Neymar Country: Brazil Age: 22 Position: Forward

Neymar, http://www.bleacherreport.com

Neymar, http://www.bleacherreport.com

As with any legend, one name is all you need to make it big: Oprah, Madonna…and Neymar. The host country has a lot of pressure to live up to (especially after that own goal in their first game versus Croatia), but as one of the faces of the team, Neymar (full name: Neymar da Silva Santos Junior) seems to be a natural pro at scoring on the field. He’s racked up the awards with his club team FC Barcelona, most notably winning back-to-back South American Footballer of the Year awards in 2011 and 2012. He’s also won the coveted Golden Ball for Best Player at last year’s FIFA Confederations Cup, is the seventh highest goal scorer for the national team and a 2010 Olympic silver medalist. Oh yeah, and he’s on this month’s cover of Vogue Brazil with the gorgeous Mrs. Tom Brady, Giselle Bundchen. Trust us, you can’t miss this hottie’s signature mohawk.

Follow Neymar on Twitter at @neymarjr.

Name: Jozy Altidore Country: USA Age: 24 Position: Forward

Team USA is placed in a group known as the “Group of Death” (Ghana, Ronaldo and Portugal and Germany), and begins play today. But with plenty of eye candy on our team, it’s all a matter of scoring our hearts. One of the captains of the team, Altidore is already making headlines, scoring two goals in this year’s send-off match against Nigeria.

Altidore plays for English team Sunderland and was also a member of the 2010 World Cup team. He’s also deeply involved in charity work, from his contributions to his parents’ native Haiti with Wyclef Jean’s charity Yele Haiti in 2006 to his Jozy Altidore Foundation, which provides opportunities on and off the field for underprivileged children.

Follow Jozy Altidore on Twitter and Instagram at @JozyAltidore.

Name: Gerard Pique Country: Spain Age: 27 Position: Defender

Gerard Pique, http://www.buzzfeed.com

Gerard Pique, http://www.buzzfeed.com

If the name doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps you know his ultra-famous girlfriend, Shakira? Fun fact: the twosome met when he was featured in her music video for “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa), the official anthem of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Pique, along with Neymar, plays for FC Barcelona and was a member of the winning (and, according to Buzzfeed, the tournament’s hottest) team in 2010. Pique has won every major tournament in his career, including the Champions, the Premier League, the European Super Cup and the aforementioned World Cup. And he’s a super-hot dad to the most adorable son, Milan. Talk about one gorgeous family.

Follow the 6’4” blue-eyed stud on Twitter and Instagram at @3gerardpique.

Name: Daniel Sturridge Country: England Age: 24 Position: Forward

This dude has got the moves (you need to see his celebration dance following his goal in Saturday’s game versus Italy, where he also perfects the art of the duck face). The handsome Brit, who turned pro at 17, played for two of the country’s elite leagues, Manchester City and Chelsea before eventually making his way to Liverpool, his current club. According to Grantland, Sturridge has scored in 31 matches in 37 appearances with the club and has doubled the league average rate of shots converted to 24.7 percent. The sport runs in the family, as both his father and two uncles played in the league. Oh, and he’s a big fan of Leo Dicaprio—so I’m sure we’ll get along juuust fine.

 

Follow Daniel Sturridge on Twitter at @D_Sturridge and Instagram at @dstudge.

Name: Cristiano Ronaldo Country: Portugal Age: 29 Position: Forward

Cristiano Ronaldo, http://www.theguardian.com

Cristiano Ronaldo, http://www.theguardian.com

We can’t imagine a World Cup hotties list without this bad boy. The former HAM of the Week, who plays with club team Real Madrid, is his country’s top goal scorer with 49 goals, and is playing in his third World Cup. He’s one of the first to reach the 400-goal milestone in 653 appearances, and won the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or (French for Golden Ball, which is basically the equivalent of MVP), ending Argentina’s Lionel Messi’s four-win streak.

He’s known for being a playboy and is currently dating Russian model Irina Shayk, with whom he shares the smoking-hot cover of Vogue Spain. He’s also a fashionisto and opened the boutique CR7 (his initials and jersey number) in Portugal. Those winning looks have transferred off the field, as he’s an underwear model for Armani Exchange.

Cristiano Ronaldo, http://www.usmagazine.com

Cristiano Ronaldo, http://www.usmagazine.com

Follow Cristiano Ronaldo on Twitter and Instagram at @Cristiano.

Tell us: who are you rooting for in the World Cup?

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If you don’t know the name Rafael Nadal, no rx we don’t know what you’ve been missing. The tennis player just earned his ninth French Open title yesterday in a repeat of last year’s final versus Novak Djokovic, illness making the 28-year-old clay legend (he’s got a 63-1 record!) our HAM of the Week.

Rafa”, as he is known to his legion of fans, is the current world #1, and he’s aced his way into our hearts. He’s a sexy and single Spaniard who has won more than 50 titles in his 13 years of turning pro—what more can we love about our HAM of the Week?

For starters, he is only one of two singles players (behind tennis legend Andre Agassi) to complete a Career Golden Slam, meaning he has won the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open, in addition to the Olympic gold medal (which he won in 2008) in the span of his career.

He’s also an avid soccer fan, having played the sport when he was young in addition to tennis. Though he chose to focus on the latter, he still supports Real Madrid and RCD Mallorca as well as the Spanish national team, fitting for the World Cup, which begins this week.

Rafael Nadal HAM

Rafael Nadal, http://www.hollywoodgossip.com

Turning pro at 15, Nadal participated in events at the junior and senior circuits, winning his first major senior match on the ATP circuit just before he turned 16. But it wasn’t until the following year that he faced current rival Roger Federer at Wimbledon.

By 19, Nadal won his first French Open title in his first appearance at the event, the first man to win the title since 1982. He went on to win the tournament the next three times.

Injury sidelined Nadal in 2012, but he’s obviously emerged as the reigning king of the (clay) court, quite possibly making him one of the best tennis players of all time.

If Nadal ever reaches a final in a tournament, you can bet he’s either going against Djokovic or Federer, the other two players who seem to be challenging Nadal for the best of the best. Nadal has faced Djokovic more than 40 times, with about half of those matches faced in the final round. Nadal has faced Federer 33 times, with 20 of those matches faced in the final.

Rafael Nadal HAM

Rafael Nadal, http://www.tennisnow.com

According to his autobiography, while he does have a game plan against Federer, he’s still looking for one against Djokovic.

We’re not sure about Rafa’s constant habit of biting his trophies, but wow, it makes him so much sexier…

And it’s not everyday that you have an asteroid named after you. According to ATP World Tour, the asteroid is located between Mars and Jupiter and travels through space at 20 kilometers per second. Talk about star power.

Nadal is also charitable; his organization, Fundacion Rafa Nadal, provides educational programs for deprived children and teenagers through sports.

Rafael Nadal, http://www.dailymaik.co.uk

Rafael Nadal, http://www.dailymaik.co.uk

The one sport he’s not good at? Golf. But we’d rather have a superstar with 15 major Grand Slam titles to his name on the tennis court than anywhere else.

As a spokesman for Nike, Nadal also has a collection with the retailer, and has also emerged as a somewhat fashion icon. At just over 6 feet, he seems to be all muscle and pure heart.

Not to mention, being photographed by famed photographer Bruce Weber for the June 2009 issue of Vogue:

Catch up with Rafa at Wimbledon, which starts Monday, June 23. Follow Rafael Nadal on Twitter at @RafaelNadal (he tweets in Spanish and English!) and at www.rafaelnadal.com.

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