Paul McCartney outraged over David Beckham snub

Considering he’s one of the best known football (soccer) players of all time, for many, David Beckham seemed like an obvious pick for the London 2012 Olympics. However, team manager Stuart Pearce overlooked the former Manchester United player and chose others to join the team instead. Beckham was upset about being excluded, saying, “Everyone knows how much playing for my country has always meant to me. So I would have been honoured to have been part of this unique Team GB squad. Naturally I am very disappointed, but there will be no bigger supporter of the team than me. And like everyone, I will be hoping they can win the gold.” However, it wasn’t only Beckham who was disappointed over the decision. Legendary Beatles musician Paul McCartney was absolutely outraged at the snub, stating in an interview, “He’s a national hero. I would’ve thought Beckham would be first choice because of his huge contribution to getting the Olympics. But some idiot decided otherwise. I feel a bit sorry for the three over-23s because we’re going to be looking at them and saying, ‘That should’ve been Beckham.’ He’s a national hero, a crowd-puller.” ~Stacy Raivich

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  1. Tamara • July 26, 2012 @ 9:56 AM

    I’m not a soccer fan but I definitely know Beckham. I think his playing would have been a great rally for the team’s morale, but I also love his supporting the team and its decision. Class Act !

  2. Chad • July 26, 2012 @ 10:01 AM

    I don’t really get how you can just “overlook” someone like Beckham. But yeah, good on him for being supportive.

  3. brad p. • July 26, 2012 @ 10:06 AM

    good on him for taking it in stride, but it is pretty ridiculous. how can you have a team without beckham?

  4. Amanda • July 26, 2012 @ 10:07 AM

    Wow, that’s crazy that he’s not part of the team. What kind of a stupid coach wouldn’t want him on it?

  5. Tom • July 26, 2012 @ 10:09 AM

    I think it’s time for him and everyone else to realize that yeah Beckham is good and all that but he’s not the only one…there are other talented soccer players out there!

  6. Vayne • July 26, 2012 @ 11:33 AM

    Stewart cheated on Pattinson??? OMG… that’s inconceivable!! (sarcasm)

  7. Sheilah • July 26, 2012 @ 1:38 PM

    wait….he’s so patriotic…is that why he moved to the States?

  8. hairbag • July 26, 2012 @ 2:39 PM

    Sheilah my thoughts excatly not so patriotic is he, but smart how many games has he played in the states for the huge salary he is pulling the Olympics are for those who are patriotic and LIVING in the country and paying thier taxes there …..

  9. Germain • July 26, 2012 @ 2:54 PM

    Maybe because he’s over the hill and a career nearing the end….Or do you chose a player based on legacy only.

  10. TheTruth • July 26, 2012 @ 3:18 PM

    Ugh, why do I keep falling for these type of headlines?

  11. Ryan • July 26, 2012 @ 6:20 PM

    I don’t understand some of the previous comments. The Olympics have nothing to do with living in the country. Club teams do not matter. You play for the country of your birth. That is like saying Crosby shouldn’t play for team Canada because he plays in Pittsburg.

  12. PM • July 26, 2012 @ 6:48 PM

    What a class act… Now I remember why I liked him.

  13. PM • July 26, 2012 @ 6:51 PM

    Him playing for a team in another country has nothing to do with it… Athletes from all different sports such as basketball and hockey and baseball play for teams that are not from their country… That is just the nature of the sport… Steve Nash is a great Canadian and he just turned down playing for the Raptors… Should he be excluded from Team Canada, I think not.

  14. C-Dub • July 26, 2012 @ 7:17 PM

    He’s old, but if he was on the team and played even a minute then he contributed and would have people watching around the world, then he earns a medal if that happens. Come on, what’s the harm in having him on your national team Britain.

  15. NummyNum • July 26, 2012 @ 7:24 PM

    Why did Beckham snub McCartney? Not nice.

  16. Irmgard Upmanis • July 26, 2012 @ 10:01 PM

    Beckham didn’t snub McCartney. If you read the article more carefully, it says that McCartney is angry that the Great Britain soccer team snubbed Beckham.

  17. Juliana • July 27, 2012 @ 3:08 PM

    I’m as angry as Sir Paul. How can a country – or should I say coach – treat one of their top players so shabbily? Just for that, I hope England doesn’t win Gold.

  18. Wendy • July 30, 2012 @ 3:48 PM

    Considering the time and effort expended along side Prince William to get London the Olympics one would think Beckham would be CAPTAIN never mind left out…..Shame on you Coach…shame on you.!!

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