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Yankees All-Star closer pays $232,069 per bullet

While prices soar in certain niche markets across the country, New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman just paid $232,069 per bullet . . . the result of a domestic abuse incident that occurred at his home in Florida.

Chapman’s girlfriend, 22-year-old Cristina Barnea, told cops in Florida Chapman pushed and choked her during an Oct. 30 incident at his home in Davie. The Yank admitted there was a squabble and said he was pushed down by Barnea’s brother.

Did Chapman push back?

Yeah, but with a handgun…he’s in Florida where guns are glory. Chapman got a handgun and fired eight shots into a wall and window.

Major League Baseball dished out a 30-game suspension to Chapman for the incident and that equates to the four-time All-Star losing 30 days of pay which is $1,856,557 of his $11,325,000 salary . . . which is $232,069 per bullet fired.

Chapman apologized for using a gun but insisted he never hurt his girlfriend.

And going back to that Florida thing and guns. This will sound absurd to anyone not carrying an NRA membership card, but prosecutors declined to file charges on a pissed off guy that retaliated by firing eight rounds out of a gun. Because it’s a gun and it’s Florida.

BTW Chapman said he no longer has a gun.

Maybe so, but if GF Christina were our relative or friend, we’d tell her to sprint in the opposite direction of this hothead and relationship.

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NHL commish Gary Bettman gets our Bitch Slap of the Week

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is a slam-dunk for our Bitch Slap of the Week. Bettman showed his and the NHL’s true colors when the league tried to muscle John Scott, not only out of the All-Star game, but out of the

NHL. And Gary and his cronies learned, he can’t outmuscle an enforcer!

After Scott was voted in as a starter by fans during a social media joke that went viral, the Phoenix Coyotes suddenly traded their enforcer Scott to Montreal , who then conveniently sent him down to their minor league affiliate in the AHL. . . a move that appeared to make Scott ineligible to play in the All-Star Game.

Scott, who barely knows what a red light looks like, went to the internet to share the request and comments that came down from the NHL leaders during the ordeal.

The league’s alleged conspiring tactics set off a bigger frenzy and fans buried Bettman . . . prompting the much hated commish to announce that Scott is more than welcome to participate in the league’s event.

So Gary took to the podium to share his thoughts and comment on behalf of his league regarding Scott and his All-Star appearance.

“He’s more than welcome to be here. We’re happy he’s here. The fans spoke, and we’re happy to reflect their will” – Gary Bettman

Seriously?

You’re glad he’s there? And you’re happy to reflect the fans’ will? You have the audacity to say those words after your league makes moves trying to make Scott ineligible to play in the game . . . and sending the father of two (soon to be four) to the minors and possibly burying his career?

Some people should leave the lying to the politicians.

Scott was considering bowing out but said the clincher of this whole matter happened when an NHL representative asked him whether or not his children would be proud of his all-star appearance.

“So when someone from the NHL calls me and says, ‘Do you think this is something your kids would be proud of?’ That’s when they lost me. Because, while I may not deserve to be an NHL all-star, I know I deserve to be the judge of what my kids will and won’t be proud of me for.”

BTW, Scott made the most out of his All-Star Game appearance by scoring two goals and being named the game’s MVP. Now that’s a classic wind-up, backhanded bitch slap to Bettman!

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Patriots’ J.J. Worton arrested . . . again

New England Patriots practice squad player J.J. Worton was arrested for assaulting two women and one guy over the weekend.

According to reports, the rookie groped the two women before knocking out the man. Cops charged the rookie with two counts of indecent assault and battery and one count of assault and battery.

The assault is said to have occurred at a bar a few miles away from Gillette Stadium, just hours before the Patriots’ 20–18 loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday.

After police pulled over the car Worton was in, Worton told them he “accidentally” touched the women then punched the man in self defense.

The former UCF Knight wide receiver was signed to New England’s practice squad on Jan. 11, after being on the Rams’ practice squad earlier this season.

This isn’t the first time Worton made headlines with a bust. Back in 2012 while playing for the UCF Knights in Orlando, he was arrested after he punched a cop. The mugshot in this article is from that incident in Orlando.

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Warriors’ epic NBA start record ends

The Golden State Warriors, now 24-1, took us all the way into mid-December before putting a single mark in the loss column.

The defending NBA champions’ first loss of this 2015-16 season are officially in the books and it happened on Saturday when the Milwaukee Bucks hosted Stephan Curry and company.

The underdog Bucks won 108-95 at the GMO Harris Bradley Center but the epic thing about this streak is the fact how bad it shattered the old mark!

That previous opening season win streak mark was 15 games, set by The 1993-94 Houston Rockets.

Overall, the Warriors also ended a team best 28-game winning streak that started the end of last season, which was the second-longest ever — just five short of the record 33-game streak set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

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Jerry Jones is a horrible judge of character

Jerry Jones gets our Bitch Slap of the Week for continuing to defend and promote his controversial players when many think he should be suspending them instead.

Greg Hardy is the latest player in question. Hardy spent almost the entire 2014-15  NFL season on the sidelines and after he found a lone taker for his services, Jerry Jones, the thug has continued to show he is too animalistic to wear a pro jersey.

While most people feel Hardy should be behind bars and never allowed to play in the NFL again, he responded to that controversy by continuing to act above the law and went as far as slapping a clipboard out of a coach’s hands on the sidelines.

The incident was caught on national TV and makes Jerry Jones and the Cowboys’ organization look even more moronic, if that’s possible.

Jones has put up with rants and embarrassing public displays both on and off the field from WR Dez Bryant and now has appeared to extend that free rein of classless acting to Hardy.

Hardy is a 6-ft, 4, 278 pound beast who continues to show the symptoms related to ‘roid rage. Hardy’s assault accuser said he threw her against a tile bathtub wall, tossed her on a futon covered in assault rifles, and choked her. Since then, the world has seen the photos related to that assault and now have witnessed him assaulting a coach on the sidelines.

Jerry Jones get our Bitch Slap of the Week for referring to the woman-beater Hardy and others like Dez as “team leaders” and guys that teammates look up to.

Really, Jerry?

We’d like to ask Tony Romo and Jason Witten about that off the record.

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Greg Hardy brutal assault photos

Greg Hardy spent almost an entire NFL season on the sidelines and after the brutal and disturbing photos of his alleged assault hit the internet, compliments of Deadspin.com and writer Diana Moskovitz, it appears that time off the field wasn’t near long enough.

In fact, many people feel Hardy should be behind bars and banned from the NFL forever.

Nicole Holder is the women who called police the night Hardy allegedly attacked her. Hardy was a star defensive end with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers at the time of the incident.

Holder said the 6-ft, 4, 278 pound beast threw her against a tile bathtub wall, tossed her on a futon covered in assault rifles, and choked her. She said she finally gave in and told him to “kill me so I don’t have to.”

When Holder fled and was tracked down by the police, she told officer Jeffrey Kendrick, “It doesn’t matter. Nothing is going to happen to him anyways.”

Sadly, that is normally the case with these star athletes.

As Moskovitz wrote, “A year and a half after Hardy was arrested and charged with attacking Holder, it’s clear that she was mostly right. Last year, Hardy was convicted of assault in a bench trial, but the charges were dismissed on appeal and, it was reported yesterday, expunged.”

Why?

These other facts have painted a clearer picture of what may have happened. On July 15, 2014, Hardy was found guilty of assaulting Holder, and sentenced to 18 months probation. But when he appealed, Holder could not be found and is said to have agreed to a civil settlement for an undisclosed amount. Meaning there is a strong possibility that Holder disappeared for the right sum of money.

Regardless, NFL fans and the world have been shown Hardy’s true colors. And speaking of colors, there wasn’t a single NFL tem willing to allow Hardy to don theirs. . . . except for one.

Step in Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones who not only signed the woman-beater, but has since absurdity called Hardy a “team leader” and a guy teammates look up to.

Thank you, Jerry, for giving fans a clearer picture why these Cowboys are no longer “America’s Team”.

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Did Greg Hardy have another ‘roid rage?

Did Dallas Cowboys lineman Greg Hardy have another ‘roid rage?

Greg Hardy spent almost the entire 2014-15  NFL season on the sidelines and after he found a lone taker for his services, Jerry Jones, the thug has continued to show he is too animalistic to wear a pro jersey.

Many people feel Hardy should be behind bars for brutally assaulting his girlfriend and should never be allowed to play in the NFL again. Some of us feel he should be tested for steroids because he continues to show actions associated with ‘roid rage.

So how does this above-the-law thug respond to the public’s and fans’ opinion? 

By continuing to act above-the-law. By disrespecting authority and physically pushing one of his Dallas Cowboys, coaches on the sideline.

The incident was caught on national TV and was the buzz of every sports talk show in America.

It makes Jerry Jones and the Cowboys’ organization look like idiots for being the only NFL team willing to step in and sign Hardy.

Hardy is a 6-ft, 4, 278 pound beast who continues to show the symptoms related to ‘roid rage .

To read more about Hardy’s assault accuser who said he threw her against a tile bathtub wall, tossed her on a futon covered in assault rifles, and choked her, go here.

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Cubs new mascot looks little league

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Black Monday 2013 – the Axe Swung Heavy

Family members of Detroit Lions fans can return all sharp objects back into their households, because, yep, the Lions fired coach Jim Schwartz on Monday.

How bad did the Lions front office want to make a change?

Well they’re gonna be paying their roller coaster coach $12 million to hit the road. Lions fans sharpened their pitchforks and came out in hoards via Twitter asking for Schwartz’ head after the talented roster blew a 6-3 division lead and imploded, ending up 7-9 and out of the playoffs. One of those losses came at home against the 2-8 Bucs.

Oh, the Bucs….the axe swung in Tampa Bay too.

Coach Greg Schiano fell victim to the axe. Schiano’s the guy who introduced schoolyard fucktard ball to the NFL by having his D line charge into an unsuspecting opposing offensive line when they were taking a knee to end a game.

This firing is somewhat of a surprise since the Bucs competed well once they put their tall rookie QB Mike Glennon in to replace Josh Freeman who was butting heads with Schiano. Glennon looks like a kid who would get his tongue stuck on a cold pole in the winter but he had a promising season that included winning that challenging game in Detroit.

BTW, Bucs GM Mark Dominik also was fired.

Moving onto Washington where their owner Dan Snyder seems to not have a clue half the time, Mike Shanahan was canned. The Redskins who traded everything including their kitchen sink and first-born children for RG3 had one of the most underachieving seasons in the NFL; so someone had to go.

And that someone was Shanny who is an offensive guru but seems to be out of touch with the current NFL regarding dealing with egos and players.

Other firings included Vikings Leslie Frazier who led his team to a 5-10-1 season . Most exciting thing to happen in Minny over the recent years is when Fox showed their tight end’s schlong hanging out on live TV. That said, Frazier had plenty of time and deserved to get pink sipped.

Last but not least, the Browns Rob Chudzinski joined this elite group. In fact he was the first to get the news. But the Chuds firing has Browns fans and players shaking their heads since the guy was allowed just one season to turn things around. A season that the GM dumped Trent Richardson and dangled star WR Josh Gordon indicating they were throwing in the towel before Halloween arrived. The next coach we see on the sidelines in Cleveland will be the 4th since 2008 and the next QB we see taking snaps will be the…wait a sec…let me get out my calculator…forget it, point is, the Browns have gone through dozens of QB’s in their recent history. Who really needs to go in Cleveland?

Those are the guys who fell victim to the axe but we do have one honorable mention.

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett finished with another 8-8 non-playoffs season but he’s expected to stay.

Why?

Because the team has the shittiest GM in the NFL and the owner won’t fire that GM…wait…

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Kovalchuk loving life in KHL

In case you were wondering how Ilya Kovalchuk is hanging in his KHL captain’s uni this season since he kicked Gary Bettman in the nut sack and bolted from the New Jersey Devils for his homeland Russia. Here’s the scoop.

Kovy’s KHL team SKA St. Petersburg has the best record in the KHL with 12-5 record and 36 points and his stats sheet sits near the top of his team, take a look….

 

He looks happy in his headshot too, you notice?

Kinda  the same look he had when he left Atlanta to get away from GM Don Waddell’s soup sandwich called the Thrashers and getting away from Bettman’s newest CBA agreement may have made the move easy.

Crazy how Kovy could have a “don’t let the door hit you in the ass” attitude towards the remaining $77 million that remained in his New Jersey Devils contract but hey, we give the guy a lot of credit going where his heart is….sort of….his mother shared a few figures regarding what the reality take home pay is for some athletes who are making $10M per season so maybe it was a financial decision. In an interview with her the week Kovy crossed the Atlantic for Red Square, mom spilled her guts:

“After the [NHL] lockout, there are a lot of restrictions….[players]  are underpaid 20% of their salary. The League takes it as escrow that may not be paid back if the NHL does not make profit….then there’s government tax of 50%. That means on paper you are being paid $10 million a year, but in reality it’s only $3 million. So the pendulum swung for Russia.”

Thanks for that insight, mom and holy crap on those escrow and tax figures!

Back to one of the baddest Russians to burn up a sheet of NHL ice, most of the media and fans expected Kovalchuk to return to Russia before his decade long contract expired but the most expected him to leave  around 2019 when his base salary was to drop from $7M per year to $4M per season…but after hearing mom’s explanation of the numbers surrounding Gary Bettman’s new deal with the NHLPA, makes financial sense for Kovy to get the hell out of Jersey.

So we know a lot about Kovy.  When Kovy decides he’s done with a team or area, hello Atlanta Thrashers fans, he’s gonna do whatever the heck he wants, so take that kick in the nuts as a statement from one of your league’s greatest stars, Mr. Bettman.

 

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