A series of David Beckham’s personal emails have been leaked by hackers and appear to show a very different side to the mild-mannered star; but really should we be letting the fact that he sometimes gets angry change how we feel him?
The emails were released by Football Leaks yesterday, which is bit like Wiki Leaks for footy, and appear to show David raging at not being offered a knighthood.
Back in 2013, after years of charity work for UNIFCEF and helping with the London 2012 Olympic bid, Beckham was tipped to become a Sir, bookies were so certain they stopped taking bets two weeks in advance. So it must have come as a bit of a shock to the former England captain when the honours list was announced and his name was missing.
In one of the emails, which he sent to his PR man Simon Oliveria, Becks fumes: “Katherine Jenkins OBE for what? Singing at the rugby and going to see the troops plus taking coke. Fucking joke.” Katherine has previously admitted to taking drugs in the past, including cocaine.
If you ask me, David, the whole honours system is a fucking joke. But we’ll get to my rant on why the system is bollocks another time, eh?
I think the important thing to remember here, is that these are personal emails that were never meant to be seen by the public, who hasn’t ranted and raved in a private message to a mate? You’re not expecting it to come back and bite you on the arse, are you? The fact that he gets angry sometimes and he really, really wants to be a Sir just makes him more of a legend in my eyes.
In another email David allegedly goes in on the honours committee saying: “They’re a bunch of c***s I expected nothing less. It’s a disgrace to be honest and if I was American I would of got something like this 10 years ago.”
Another email alleges that David was less than impressed when advised to put one million dollars (£800,000) into a prize-giving dinner for UNICEF. “I don’t want to put my personal money into this cause. To pour this million into the fund, is like putting my own money in. If there was no fund, the money would be for me. This fucking money is mine.”
I think he should be able to spend his money however he wants, whether he donates a million or not, you can’t deny that he does a lot for charity and as far as I know he and UNICEF still have a great relationship.
David was awarded an OBE in 2003. Credit: PA
A spokesperson for David Beckham told the Daily Mail: “This story is based on outdated material taken out of context from hacked and doctored private emails from a third party server and gives a deliberately inaccurate picture.
“David Beckham and UNICEF have had a powerful partnership in support of children for over 15 years. The David Beckham 7 Fund specifically has raised millions of pounds and helped millions of vulnerable children around the world. David Beckham has given significant time and energy and has made personal financial donations to the 7 Fund and this commitment will continue long term.
“Before establishing the 7 Fund, David had supported UNICEF and a number of other charities over many years, including donating his entire earnings from PSG during his time playing there.
“David and UNICEF are rightly proud of what they have and will continue to achieve together and are happy to let the facts speak for themselves.”