OK, I admit it, I don’t know much about football. I’m learning more and more as an American living in London, but one thing I do know about is David Beckham.
Global footballer, David Beckham, met his fans today from around the world for 90 minutes using Cisco Telepresence. Beckham fans from nineteen countries across five continents participated in the video Q&A session, dubbed, “The World Asks David Beckham a Question,” which was streamed live to Yahoo!’s 600 million users around the world.
The excitement leading up to the event was palpable. Cisco employees and Yahoo fans waited for David Beckham at Cisco’s Bedfont Lakes office near London for nearly 45 minutes before his arrival. Upon his arrival, Beckham was greeted to cheering roars and flickering paparazzi cameras. I was happily pretending to be part of the paparazzi and shadowed the BBC with my camera.
Once inside the large circular-set room with six TP screens, Beckham was asked a variety of questions from his fans ranging from, “How did you make Victoria fall in love with you?” to “Is it really true you review Snoop Dogg’s albums before they’re released?”
He also talked quite a bit about his career. “One of the most difficult moments of my life was when I left Manchester United. It was really hard emotionally to leave the team I loved. Another low point was when I received my red card against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup. My family received deaths threats and my parents’ phone was tapped.”
Beckham went on to talk about his recent injury. “This is the first real injury that I’ve had to deal with. I’m sure it’s been a lot harder for my wife because I’ve been home so much, but I’ve been able to spend time a lot more time with my wife and family. It’s been nearly four months since the injury happened, but I’ll be back in another month and a half to two months.”
Personally, the highlight for me was how open Beckham was about everyday life. “I love playing LEGO. I was bored once and actually ordered an entire Taj Mahal LEGO set online. I’m making good progress on it.” He was actually pretty funny about it and said he felt embarrassed admitting his love of LEGO.
As the Q&A wrapped up, he talked about his future after football. “I have lots of plans. I can’t wait to watch the boys grow up and play basketball with them. And there’s still lots to do with my charity efforts as the global ambassador to Unicef, I know I have a lot of great things ahead of me whenever that is.”
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