Klinsmann 'hugely disappointed' in son after Donovan tweet
Jonathan Klinsmann celebrated Landon Donovan's omission from the U.S. World Cup roster.
United States Men's National Team manager Jurgen Klinsmann made the difficult decision Thursday to keep U.S. soccer legend Landon Donovan off the 23-man roster for Brazil.
The decision, of course, was met with plenty of criticism, as Donovan is arguably the most accomplished player in U.S. history. One person who wasn't sad to see Donovan go, apparently, was Klinsmann's son, Jonathan, who tweeted: "HHAHAHAHAHAHAH DONAVAN HAHAHAHAA I DIDNT EVEN NOTICE UNTIL PHONE NOTIFIED ME HAHA"
Jonathan's tweet was not received particularly well by the general public -- given, ya know -- so he issued a pseudo-apology: "Yes, I deleted the tweet, Yes, I realize it was VERY classless. But again, My sincerest apologies to everyone who was offended."
He then deleted his Twitter account altogether.
On Friday, the elder Klinsmann spoke at length about his decision to cut Donovan, and he addressed his son's tweets.
"Hugely disappointed," Klinsmann said of the tweets. "I called him right away, he realized just a few minutes after that what he has done. He came out of school kind of fooling around with his classmates, and they just went off on Twitter not being aware of that he’s actually followed on Twitter.
"He has a huge admiration for Landon. He’s actually a big fan of his since many many years, he has his jersey in his room and he realized what he’s done. He was devastated yesterday. Obviously as a father you put him in line, and he owes him a huge, huge apology. That was highly disrespectful, and I think he got his biggest social media lesson he could imagine. It was very disappointing."
So there's your lesson, kids: don't mock professional soccer players when your dad cuts them from the national team.
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