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Host Tells Jurgen Klinsmann to ‘Get Out of America’

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Comments that USMNT Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said recently got Pardon the Interruption Host, Michael Wilbon, fired up, telling Klinsmann to get out of the country:

“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?”

So what did Klinsmann say that started this? This was his quote from the New York Times magazine in response to cutting Landon Donovan:

“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?”

Do you think Michael Wilbon went too far?

Read More: usatoday.com


  1. Peter Katanga Dady Peyechu

    June 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    He did cross the line. that’s wrong with this country today. whenever someone tells you the truth, that person is demonized or looked at as an enemy because he/she is saying something many people think but are afraid to say. you can’t go as far as saying that he should get out of the country because he told the truth. my opinion…

  2. Alex 'A-hart' Hartnett

    June 6, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Klinsmann is one of the best coaches we have ever had! wins don’t lie

  3. Pitchdish.com

    June 6, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Yeah, Peter Katanga Dady Peyechu, telling someone to leave the country because he says something you don’t like? Silly.

  4. Emilio Graciliano Navarro

    June 7, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Yeah but when hasn’t he lol what Jurgen said did have some truth behind it

  5. Jesus Rodriguez

    June 7, 2014 at 12:59 am

    This guy is a bum doesn’t know what the duck he talks about half the time . This guy is a waste of space fucking joke

  6. Jesus Rodriguez

    June 7, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Klisnman doesn’t have to worry about the words of a peasant

  7. Pat OBrien

    June 7, 2014 at 2:09 am

    Klinsmann is right though, athletes are highly overpaid, and many of them end up underperforming after they receive big contracts

  8. Korey Jeffries

    June 7, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Mr. Klinsmann makes a valid point

  9. Dennis Rojas

    June 7, 2014 at 4:25 am

    Funny he got so offended but Klinsman is getting paid to lead these misfits ( in comparison to other countries in World Cup ) into a lions den he’s not lying to his players or the public it will be a tough test and there’s a slim chance of success nothing wrong with being honest in time US soccer will grow to American Futbol till them be happy to take part and do ur best

  10. Pitchdish.com

    June 7, 2014 at 5:22 am

    lol at Jesus Rodriguez ‘words of a peasant’

  11. Cj Guadarrama

    June 7, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Most definitely. Not to mention Klinsmann coaches the US team who won the Gold Cup

  12. Lindsay Wilson

    June 7, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    That comment is so stupid. America is for immigrants. At least understand the history of the country. This team has as many players from the MLS as Bradley and Arenas did.

  13. Henry S.

    June 7, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Lol, I’m sure English fans would yawn and go “ho hum” we say this all the time!

  14. Tony Calcanas

    June 7, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    If tables were turned then it would be rascist and Obama gets involved.

  15. Emin Tanahan

    June 8, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Wilbon is right about Kobe ONLY. Klinsmann gave a bad example because the NBA is a different animal. Having said that, this is just how people in Europe are. It’s their culture and happens all the time. It’s more realistic than being politically correct like it is in America. Pau Gasol got hammered for comments he made years ago about a playoff opponent saying he isn’t as physical and has a big disadvantage. This is just a culture difference. Klinsmann doesn’t understand, neither does Wilbon.

  16. Hayden Cole Van Zanten

    June 8, 2014 at 3:51 am

    Wilbon acted so un professional that it sickens me. Don’t be mad that nobody watches PTI anymore you boisterous clown. Same with cornhole. (Cornheiser)

  17. Dean Ramos

    June 8, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Most of u people don’t even know who Klinsmaan is but u know what so Far hes had the best record for any American coach and is gaining confidence from US FANS but he had no right talking about kobe its a different sport and kobe deserves to b getting paid that much he might not contribute to what he use to b but he’s done alot for lakers he deserves that respect and that goes for Donovan Jurgen was acting like a dik to him and he still had alot to contribute but as long as he keeps winning games for USA then ill except the fact Donovans not in the squad !

  18. Jason Freeman

    June 8, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Wilbon is an idiot.

  19. Jesse Jurecki

    June 8, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Just shows how ignorant Americans are

  20. Adrian Bevan

    June 9, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Wilbon is a idiot. And, BTW, Klinsman has left the country. He’s in Brazil!

  21. Victor Dominguez

    June 9, 2014 at 2:02 am

    Wilbon might want to learn a thing or two about soccer. Wilbon speaks his mind all the time and nobody tell his @$$ to leave the country. Klinsman speaks his mind and Wilbon gets his panties in a bunch.

  22. reggie

    June 9, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Klinnsman is right. Why do we pay someone 50 mil for two years when their best years are behind them . It doesn’t make any sense.

  23. Luke Wyszomirski

    June 9, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Coming from Mike Wilbon, dudes fat feet have probably never even kicked a ball….

  24. Andrew Machado

    June 9, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Wilbon is a jingoistic piece of shit. When I saw this the other day it smacked of Skip Bayless’ dick riding and argumentative stance he always takes. Fuck both of them. Klinnsman only won a world cup, one of the hardest accolades on sports to win. That’s all

  25. Damir Drozdek

    June 9, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    The host is an idiot!

  26. Richard Fatherree

    June 10, 2014 at 3:13 am

    He’s an American Citizen! I’d say that’s discrimination Wilbon…oh and you know nothing about soccer, stop pretending!!

  27. Hector Estrada

    June 10, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Javier Morales tag me in this

  28. Eddie Ormonde

    June 10, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Not to mention that he’s getting xenophobe over it. I guess that’s what Americans do. Get out of my country!

  29. Ryan Peterson

    June 10, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Klinsmann speaks the truth. Kobe puts butts on the seat. Their is no last hurrah going on. If there were, the lakers would build around him, or for the future. Kobe is nothing more than a high paid ambassador for the Lakers.

  30. Ryan Peterson

    June 10, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Regardless, Wilbon is a moron. The first amendment does protect idiots like this.

  31. Dale Cole

    June 10, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    How does this fool get to keep his job? Smfh. Wanker

  32. Asmir Balcinovic

    June 10, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    He just mad cuz he don’t have his own country to go back

  33. Besi Habilaj

    June 10, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    This guy is a fucking idiot

  34. Hans Pascoal

    June 11, 2014 at 12:18 am

    This guy is an @$$clown

  35. Paul Romanczuk

    June 11, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Wilbon needs to apologize if he has any class!!

  36. Ken Starkey

    June 11, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Probably, the guy probably never seen a soccer game.

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