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Authentic John Wall Jersey

Washington Wizards star John Wall(John Wall Jersey) replied in a video posted online Friday to apparent critics who have voiced concerns over how he is “watching other people’s pockets and I’m not worried about basketball and getting better.”

“I just wanted to clear the air for all these people,” Wall said in a video published to the Twitter feed of the LeBron James media platform “The Uninterrupted.”

“Listen, that doesn’t matter to me,” Wall said. “If I produce like I’m supposed to on the basketball court and take care of myself and image, I’m going to be fine with making money. That’s not why I play the game of basketball.”

Wall’s soliloquy comes days after he and fellow Wizards guard Bradley Beal discussed their apparently conflicted relationship in interviews with Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.

Beal signed a five-year, $128 million max contract this offseason with Wall in the middle of an $80 million deal that runs through the 2018 season.

“Me, talking about Bradley Beal [making] more money, I’m not mad. I’m happy. He’s my teammate,” Wall said Friday. “He came out at the right time when the contract money came up. I can’t control that.”

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PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Coach Rex Ryan was back to making predictions Wednesday, declaring that his Buffalo Bills defense will be better in 2016 despite key injuries to rookies Shaq Lawson (shoulder) and Reggie Ragland (knee), as well as Tuesday’s four-game suspension of star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus(Marcell Dareus Jersey).

“I see the big picture. I also see this defense is improving,” Ryan said. “I’ve said it from Day 1: we’re going to be better. We will definitely be better than we were last year, in my opinion. Regardless of those [injuries and suspension], this defense will be better.”

The Bills finished 19th in yards allowed last season, which was Ryan’s first year as Bills’ coach. The team had the NFL’s fourth-ranked defense in 2014 and Ryan predicted upon taking the job that his unit would be the NFL’s best in 2015.

Dareus was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The sixth-year defensive tackle and two-time Pro Bowler said Wednesday that he missed a drug test.

“I really don’t have much to say,” Dareus said. “Words really doesn’t mean anything now. It’s all action. That’s all I’m going to do. I’m going to come back and do the best I can. I just apologize to my team and my family. I embarrassed my kids, and who I am and who I’m working to be.”

The Bills rebuked Dareus, who was also suspended for the first game of last season following a marijuana arrest, in a statement Tuesday, saying he “put himself first” and let down the team.

“I’m frustrated and disappointed,” Ryan added Wednesday. “As is everybody in this organization. Every teammate from top to bottom. And I’m sure our fans are feeling the same way. We all know the sort of player Marcell is — and he’s a good person too — but he’s got to make better choices, better decisions, and understand that it affects the whole football team and not just himself.”

Dareus said he learned of the suspension following last Saturday’s preseason-opening loss to the Indianapolis Colts, while Ryan said he found out at “the same time [you reporters] learned.”

In addition to Dareus’ suspension, The Buffalo News reported Tuesday that outside linebacker Manny Lawson faces a possible one-game suspension for an unspecified domestic violence incident.

Lawson adamantly denied the report Wednesday, saying his girlfriend texted him about it Tuesday and that Lawson immediately contacted the NFL to inquire about the report. He said Wednesday that he that has yet to hear back from the league.

“I honestly do not know what is happening or where that came from, but we’re looking to get into the bottom of it,” Lawson said. “I wish I knew [where it came from]. I don’t know where and how or why that would come up about me, but we’re going to look into it.”

Ryan also was surprised about the report regarding Lawson.

“I never even heard about it [Tuesday]. I saw it in the [newspaper] today,” Ryan said. “I was like, ‘When did this happen?’ So I never even knew about it last night or whenever it came out. So I can tell you this: I don’t know anything about it.”

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Brandon Marshall(Brandon Marshall Jersey) took a swing at teammate Darrelle Revis during a chippy practice Friday in which the two New York Jets stars jawed at each other throughout an intense head-to-head battle on the field.

It culminated with a confrontation between plays. An incensed Marshall left the offensive sideline and walked about 20 yards to confront Revis, who was stationed at his cornerback position. They exchanged words, and Marshall immediately unleashed an open-handed slap at Revis, which didn’t land.

The skirmish ended quickly. Team staffer Dave Szott, a former NFL offensive lineman, separated the two players. Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa bear-hugged Marshall from behind and literally carried him away from the scene. There was no brawl, and practice proceeded.

The trash-talking got personal. At one point, Marshall yelled Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins’ name to Revis, bringing up perhaps the worst game of Revis’ career. Revis was burned badly by Hopkins in a game last season.

Afterward, Marshall told reporters he swung at Revis because he was provoked. He said Revis took umbrage when he caught a pass on him in a one-on-one drill and taunted him with a first-down signal.

“He took that personal,” Marshall said. “He said, ‘You won’t disrespect me again.’”

A short time later, Revis struck him in the face, according to Marshall.

“I beat him twice times in a row, and, on the third, he swung and hit me in the face,” Marshall said. “Ever since then, it got really competitive. That came back up in that moment. I told him, ‘Don’t ever put your hands in my face again like that.’ He kind of baited me to do it, and I did it. It kind of went too far, but there’s a thin line between football and being a man.”

Marshall admitted they “crossed that football line, but I can’t let nobody slap me in the face.” He also accused Revis of making personal comments that “went off the field.”

From there, Revis dominated Marshall at the start of team drills, holding him without a catch on four targets. Marshall was furious after one pass break-up, cursing at a game official. He felt Revis should’ve been flagged for pass interference. Marshall redeemed himself by beating Revis twice, including a long touchdown reception. Marshall taunted Revis after the play, yelling at him from across the field.

“I just felt like the way he handled things in one-on-one is what you do to a rookie,” Marshall said. “I’m going on year 11 and I’ve been super successful in this league, so I took it personal. But I appreciated it because it took my practice to a whole other level. I learned from it.”

Marshall insisted it was an isolated incident, and that he and Revis are close friends, but fiercely competitive. Revis declined to speak with reporters. This was his first full practice since off-season wrist surgery. Coach Todd Bowles said he addressed it with the team, essentially telling the players that trash talking is accepted, but not punching.

“You’re going to get pissed off in camp as a player. It’s not charm school,” Bowles told reporters. “They play football. Both of them got to where they were for making plays and not backing down. Neither player is going to back down. You like that about the competitiveness, you just have to keep it clean. For the most part, they did.”

Bowles said he had no problem with Marshall taunting Revis with the reminder about his performance against Hopkins.

“No, you have to use any means necessary when you’re on the field,” he said. “They’re going to get under your skin on Sunday. There the things [the public doesn't] hear on Sunday are a billion times worse than that. They’ve both been out there long enough, and they both have tools to get under each others’ skin, especially when it gets chippy.”

Marshall has a history of erratic behavior, most of it occurring early in his career when he played for the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins. A few days ago, he punted a football over the bleachers after a poor performance by the offense. Afterward, he laughed it off, attributing it to his competitiveness.

Bowles said he’s not worried about Marshall regressing to his old ways.

“I don’t think it was an outburst,” Bowles said of Marshall’s actions toward Revis. “It was just two good players going at it, talking mess. Revis won some, and Brandon won some. It got chippy, but it’s camp. It’s supposed to be. … It’s football. We’re not here because of a beauty pageant. … We want them on the edge.”

Curiously, Marshall lamented his curse at the official more than his behavior toward Revis. He praised Revis for being the best cornerback in the league, insisting there will be no ramifications.

“Yes, I’m pissed off right now and, yes, he’s pissed off right now, but at the end of the day, we’ve got to move forward,” Marshall said. “It may take a couple of hours. It can’t go into the locker room. There’s not going to be no brawl or anything like that.”

The incident occurred a few days shy of the one-year anniversary of the infamous Geno Smith-IK Enemkpali locker-room altercation in which Smith’s jaw was broken by his teammate’s punch.