Beckham’s jersey gift sparks legal action

Dylan Vox May 1, 2008
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Over the past few years, many people have become obsessed with soccer player David Beckham, but this week his appeal reached a whole new and somewhat disturbing level.

While at a game in the Aloha stadium in Hawaii, Beckham handed his jersey over to two boys and ignited a fight that could result in legal action.

Since joining the Los Angles Galaxy last season, Beckham has missed games and been plagued with injuries, but still his popularity has soared.

After a Galaxy’s exhibition loss to Japan’s Gamba Osaka in the Pan-Pacific Championship on April 23rd, Beckham removed his shirt and handed it to two 10-year-old former close friends and soccer teammates.

Eric and Yoshika Kerr claimed that the jersey was intended for their son because Beckham had specifically pointed to him.

Wilfred and Yoshika Ho’s son was given the shirt by a police officer that stepped in to break up the fight. The Hos claim that Beckham handed him the shirt first therefore he was the rightful owner.

According to the Associated Press, the Kerr’s suggested joint custody of the jersey, but the Ho’s were unwilling to allow them to borrow it fearful that it would not be returned.

This week, attorneys for the two families swapped letters threatening legal action unless a mutually beneficial outcome could be agreed upon.

The president and general manager of the Galaxy, Alexi Lalas, told the press that the situation is “ridiculous” and he is in “utter disbelief that it has gotten this far.”

“My suggestion is that the judge get a pair of scissors, cut the thing in half and give half to each,” he said.

“It’s certainly not anything that we would ever want to have happen and certainly not anything that David or any of our players who hand out jerseys would have intended.”

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