Former football star and current international celebrity and style icon David Beckham is facing controversy after several newly leaked emails.
The emails, allegedly sent by Beckham, were released on the website Football Leaks, and contain details of his reluctance to put his own money into his charity work and his failed attempt to be knighted. A spokeswoman for Beckham said the emails had been taken out of context, and his team referred to the leak as “stolen information”, according to The Guardian.
“This story is based on outdated material taken out of context from hacked and doctored private emails from a third party server and gives a deliberately inaccurate picture,” his spokeswoman said in a statement.
These allegations clash directly with Beckham’s usual image of a charitable family man. In his reaction to news that he would not be knighted, Beckham uses expletives in his description of the honors committee in one of the emails.
The controversy has been dubbed “Beckileaks” by the media, in reference to the website Wikileaks. The Daily Mail dedicated four pages to the “shame of Saint Becks,” although they also acknowledged that Beckham had been a victim of a “blackmail plot”.
The main topic of the emails is Beckham’s work with UNICEF, where he is a global ambassador. The leaked emails suggest that Beckham had billed the organization for a flight he didn’t need to take, and was hesitant to contribute his own money to the charity.
In a statement, UNICEF said it could not comment on the emails themselves, but defended Beckham’s work for the organization. “As well as generously giving his time, energy and support to help raise awareness and funds for UNICEF’s work for children, David has given significant funds personally,” the statement read.
Reuters reportedly was not able to verify the source of the emails.
Eventually, this profile story talked about leaked email of Beckham that released on one of football site. This email confirmed that Beckham had billed the UNICEF. But then his spokesman said that Beckham had nothing to do with that email and this was just another blackmail plot like he ever had before.
The lead of the profile story only had two elements. Those were the “who” and “what” element. Maybe the author wanted to make the article short and brief, so only with those two elements the reader immediately knew what the article was about. The next paragraph was a confirmation about the case from Beckham’s spokesman and supported by the following article that reader could read for further information. Because actually this news was about Beckham confirmation about the scandal that stroke him, therefore the news had a lot of citation from the person who took the responsibility for that.