I guess Beckham didn’t like what he read in the excerpt from The Beckham Experiment.
David Beckham said Los Angeles Galaxy teammate Landon Donovan was “unprofessional” for speaking out without confronting him first. Beckham, who was making his first public appearance in Southern California since returning from his five-month loan with Italian club AC Milan, said he had not spoken to Donovan, who called him a bad captain and portrayed him as stingy in an upcoming book “The Beckham Experiment,” written by Grant Wahl. “It’s unprofessional in my eyes. In every soccer player’s eyes throughout the world it would be unprofessional to speak out about a teammate especially in the press and not to your face,” Beckham said. “But I’m going to turn it on a positive spin because that’s what this needs. But in 17 years, I have played with the biggest teams in the world and the biggest players and not once have I been criticized for my professionalism. It’s important to get this cleared up and I will be speaking to Landon either this evening or over the next couple of days.”
Is it unprofessional? Perhaps. I don’t know about you, but I kind of like when people actually say what they feel instead of the typical sports cliche bullshit. I’m glad to actually read something with a bit of feeling from a sportsman.
I found the excerpt to the book extremely interesting, and there’s no question that L.A. Galaxy did not get better as a team after David Beckham joined. I think Beckham’s answer is a non-answer. Does he really expect anyone to call him on his professionalism? I mean he’s one of the biggest sport stars in the world. That’s gotta be a hard conversation. Unless of course you’re Alex Ferguson. Plus that whole I’ve played with the best teams for 17 years is kind crap is proving what Donovan was originally saying. Beckham didn’t seem himself as being part of the MLS.