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The NFL has been trying to patch up its image through some slick PR.

After getting major flak for their perceived indifference to domestic violence, the NFL partnered with No More, an organization that's been criticized for not clearly giving any of the money raised to domestic violence programs. Together, they put out NFL-oriented ads to make it seem like the league really cares about addressing partner abuse.

They took a hard stance with Ray Rice, issuing an indefinite suspension (which now is overturned on an appeal). He's technically eligible to play — it's just that he can't get any teams to touch him with a 10-foot pole. The NFL had to freeze him out. The public wasn't having it any other way after the horrifying videos surfaced of him punching out his then-fiancee Janay.


Commissioner Roger Goodell knew he couldn't afford to go soft on Rice.

Ray Rice before the epic and deserved fall from grace. Image by Wallstreethotrod/Wikimedia Commons.

Is it anything more than a polished PR move, though?

We all know about Ray Rice, but what about Greg Hardy?

He was suspended last year for a vicious attack on his girlfriend. It's just that TMZ never got hold of a video of it. Now his suspension has been drastically reduced, and he's returned to his team.

If the NFL's stance on domestic violence had any real sincerity behind it, as opposed to being shrewd PR calculation, would they have lifted Greg Hardy's suspension early in spite of his complete lack of remorse?

There's a lot of speculation the NFL isn't doing more on domestic violence than feel-good ads and lip service.

Fox Sports broadcaster Katie Nolan isn't buying their concerned "good guy" act either.

Not after Hardy's bizarre interview responses upon returning to the Cowboys (read on and watch the video below for those).

She takes real issue with the fact that when asked even gently about his regrets for the reason he was suspended, Hardy makes it clear the only thing he regrets is not being there for his team. Then he goes on to make comments about looking forward to seeing Tom Brady's wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, at games. Some reporters seem to egg him on regarding other "attractive" NFL wives, as if it's funny.

Katie absolutely dismantles the layers of problems with the NFL, her colleagues, and Greg Hardy's flippant attitude:

GIF via Katie Nolan/YouTube.

"Greg Hardy had to pretend to respect women for TWELVE minutes — just twelve minutes — and he couldn't even do that. ... Expecting a garbage human, who has been punished for being garbage, to come back from his suspension and not IMMEDIATELY resume being garbage, is asking the bare minimum. And if me hoping that the League, and the Cowboys, and their PR people, and the media could act with just a shred of human decency is ruining football for you, then I'm disappointed, I guess, in how much we're willing to accept in order to protect our precious Sundays."

You can see the whole well-deserved tongue lashing by Katie Nolan here, along with the nonchalance Greg Hardy displayed that prompted it.

Katie Nolan just emerged as a heroic and truthful voice on domestic violence in the NFL. Cheers to her for saying it, and cheers to you for sharing it.

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We can all be part of the giving movement

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

Yes, it turns out. More than you might think.

A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

homelessness, bombasSocks are a simple comfort not everyone has access to

When the founders of Bombas, Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg, discovered this problem, they decided to be part of the solution. Using a One Purchased = One Donated business model, Bombas helps provide not only durable, high-quality socks, but also t-shirts and underwear (the top three most requested clothing items in shelters) to those in need nationwide. These meticulously designed donation products include added features intended to offer comfort, quality, and dignity to those experiencing homelessness.

Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

beauty 2 the streetz, skid row laRaines is out there helping people feel their beautiful best

Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

step forward, helping homelessness, homeless non profitsRunning helps instill a sense of confidence and discipline—two key components of successful recovery

Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

step forward clinic, step forward alaska, homelessness alaskaWelcome to wild, beautiful and wet Alaska!

The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


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