David Beckham's decision to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last month was controversial, but at least defensible. He was an invitee of the Royal Family, which is a huge honor, and Beckham is among other things a deeply loyal citizen to his country. Personally, I felt he should have declined so as not to put the Galaxy in a difficult situation, but I can understand his desire to attend the wedding.
If taking time off from the Galaxy to attend the Royal Wedding is one thing, time off (and missing a league match!) to attend a testimonial match of a former teammate is something totally different. Of course Beckham would want to attend a match of a close friend and teammate, but where were the Galaxy to remind him of his responsibilities to his team? Is the front office that much afraid to say "No" to him? Would the Galaxy even have to think about telling any other player "No" in a similar situation?
Steven Cohen at World Football Daily, hardly a more severe critic of David Beckham, believes that this latest event shows Beckham to be the fraud that he believes he is, but I think it's much worse than that. The Galaxy have shown themselves to be so utterly spineless that they will sacrifice their credibility just to placate one player. It's little wonder that David Beckham have such an apparent lack of respect for such an organization.