David Beckham did exactly what MLS wanted when it comes to projecting the sport forward.
More eyeballs are on the game in the United States due to his coming into MLS.
That alone is a success.
Along with “Team Beckham” coming to the U.S. was the general simple assumption that he would likely not be treated the same way as other MLS players. For me it was fascinating to see how he would mix with players making $34 k a year.
From all accounts the man has seemed to have done his job and mixed with teammates although he truly does seem to be a bit solitary during games with the LA Galaxy and I am not sure how much extension there has been to the nurturing of younger players.
Just a reminder, it is “David’s World” and MLS is just living in it.
No shame in that because he has delivered the spotlight.
I chuckle when I see people believing that he will be kept to the same standards of other players. Espn’s Alexi Lalas was highly critical of his trip to Wimbledon as though it was something new. This has happened countless times so this is no surprise.
All should just chill and let Beckham play it out.
Recently Beckham was suspended for “conduct unacceptable and detrimental to the League’s public image” and his one game suspension was less than other players who committed similar acts.
Subsequently Beckham then jetted off to the Wimbledon finals.
It just comes with the territory.
Even Beckham though seem to tire of the criticism from pundits.
“Yeah, well they’re the jealous ones, unfortunately. They’re the ones that like to sit in front of the tv and discuss my life even when I’m not playing the game. Maybe I’m at a tennis game—-they like to discuss that. There’s people that maybe like to get in the limelight a little too much,” said Beckham.
Not sure this response was needed as Beckham has sort of reaped what he has sown.
If you want to be upset about this then Beckham is the wrong target. Your criticism should be directed towards MLS and the punishment handed down to Beckham.
Stop bagging on Beckham, it was always going to be this way.