You can watch an excerpt from the presser online here.
Photos of David Beckham leaving DC and training at the Gillette stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts before participating in a brief press conference are in the gallery. I have also added a few more photos from David Beckham’s MLS debut.
David Beckham told the gathered reporters, “I’m not sure (about playing) at this moment, because my ankle flared up after the game (Thursday), and it swelled up a bit from flying… So we’ll have to see where it is. It was fine running (today), but that’s all that I really tried out on the field. I hope I can play some minutes, but I’m not 100 percent sure that I will. So we’ll just have to wait and see what happens (tomorrow).” You can read more of his comments online here.
At one point during the presser, Becks says that if he doesn’t play, “it’s for a good reason it’s not just because I’m being soft.” It is very sad that a player of his stature and ability is even having to make such a statement and defend himself in this way. Anyone with any knowledge of David Beckham and his career knows that his work ethic is second to none and the fact that he has been playing, though visibly limping, to appease various groups is a very sad moment in sport. ESPN has a good article regarding David Beckham’s injury from earlier in the week that is still relevant, read it here.
Finally, you can read a nice story about The David and Victoria Beckham childrens charity helping a little 4 year old girl, online here.