Friday, June 6, 2014

Video: Michael Wilbon thinks Jurgen Klinsmann should 'get out of America'

As Jurgen Klinsmann prepares for his first World Cup as head coach of the U.S. Men's National squad, sports commentator Michael Wilbon has a message for him and it involves Klinsmann leaving a place he has lived since 1998.

“I’ve known Kobe Bryant,” Wilbon said. “And you, Mr. Klinsmann, are no damn Kobe Bryant. I mean seriously, Mr. Klinsmann now wants to tell all of American sports how to work. Get the hell out. Get out of America. If everything here — you want to coach this team fine. You haven’t won anything. You’re so gutless you went out and said ‘oh, our team can’t win, we can’t win.’ You’re supposed to be such a great coach, why are they paying you? They’re apparently paying you for something you did not only yesterday, but somewhere else about 4,000 miles away. I repeat: Get the hell out. When did Klinsmann become an expert on American sports?”

Wilbon made the comments on "Pardon The Interruption" on Thursday after apparently taking exception to some remarks Klinsmann made about cutting longtime U.S. star Landon Donovan. Here's that quote from The New York Times:

“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?”

In fairness, Klinsmann is mostly correct. How many overpaid veterans are there in American professional sports at the moment? Especially in Major League Baseball. It does seem like teams reward players for past performance rather than future. But that's just the nature of the game in retaining and signing proven talent these days.

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