United States men’s national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has gained his fair share of detractors after leaving Landon Donovan off the 23-man roster for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Sure Donovan might have lost a step, and Klinsmann has his reasons.
Klinsmann has followed up that move by deciding to say the Americans cannot win the 2014 World Cup, another comment ruffling feathers. Now he is taking his show on the road and is calling out all American sports, specifically Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant.
“This always happens in America,” Klinsmann told me, waving his hands in the air. “Kobe Bryant, for example — why does he get a two-year contract extension for $50 million? Because of what he is going to do in the next two years for the Lakers? Of course not. Of course not. He gets it because of what he has done before. It makes no sense. Why do you pay for what has already happened?”
Klinsmann has a point to a certain degree, American sports overpay superstar athletes for their legacy. Some players are willing to take it and be over paid, some let their competitive spirit take over and accept a more reasonable deal to bring in players.
Nevertheless, Pardon The Interruption’s Michael Wilbon didn’t take to kindly to Klinsmann’s words and went on quite the rant. Wilbon said Klinsmann was overpaid and that he should get out of the country if he doesn’t like it, we know what we’re doing.
[h/t] USA Today’s For The Win