Michael Wilbon is a regular on ESPN, starring in their show Pardon The Interruption as well as just being an analyst for multiple sports when called upon to comment. One of the sports that ESPN don't ask Wilbon to talk about is soccer, and after hearing his views about US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann we can see why.
Klinsmann has been in the news recently for a couple of different reasons that non-soccer fans and media members can't seem to get their heads around. Firstly the German left Landon Donovan out of his 23-man squad for the World Cup. He followed that up by saying his team cannot win the 2014 World Cup, which ruffled more feathers - despite also being factually correct.
Klinsmann then branched out to basketball and Kobe Bryant's massive contract, criticising the way that American sports overpay stars that are past their peak saying:
“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?”
Well Wilbon wasn't happy about the German coming over here and saying it like it is, calling him overpaid and telling him to go back home.
“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...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?”
Incredible. I wonder how much of the World Cup Mr Wilbon will actually watch this month. My guess is that if he actually watched any soccer he would know how little of a chance the States have in the Group of Death.