By Braddah Lance
If you haven't heard by now, now you have - David Beckham is not only a heart throb, he literally breaks hearts.
Ok, so I'm exaggerating again but there are two boys, ages 9 and 10, that are probably no longer friends because of him. Ok, probably not because of him but worse, their parents.
Last Thursday's article about two of our island keiki bickering over Beckham's jersey was just plain ridiculous. It was supposed to be a once in a lifetime event for many people and now it has become a real once in a lifetime learning experience for the involved few.
From what I read, the kids had resolved the issue of who the jersey belonged to after the jersey grabbing melee with some old school jan-ken-po in plain view of witness' too! Then the parents got involved some time after the game and soon brought with them lawsuits and threats.
Wassap Wit Dat?
If you've ever been to a sporting event with big name stars, you know at the end of the game they usually throw stuff in the stands to fans doing anything they can to get their hands on them. My friends and I were fortunate enough to be at the 2007 NBA All-Star festivities (couldn't afford the game but got some great video at their practice session - Shaq break dancing and battling LeBron in a dance off!) in Las Vegas and we heard that the stars actually sign their shoes, jerseys and balls then just throw them up in the stands.
We tried. We failed. We weren't prepared to throw elbows and wrestle to the ground for one side of size 15's. One of my friends and I were about 10 feet away from a LeBron shoe but wasn't "aggressive" enough. Two people got their hands on it and started tugging away. Finally one of them lost their grip and that was that.
But here in Hawaii, c'mon, we all do the same thing - adults and keiki alike - whenever there's a toss up for whatever reason...we jan-ken-po! Winner wins, loser says two out of three.
The kids settled it but I think there must have been a deeper reason why. Maybe the parents didn't really like each other. Maybe whoever wanted the jersey thought they could make a pretty penny on eBay. Maybe it's just the parents.
In any case, sad story that made national headlines and now they have to live with this story all their lives. They are young keiki, they are going to believe whatever their parents tell them and I'll bet the house both sides are not giving da aloha right now. The saddest has to be that they are close in age, and assuming the following: play other sports together, live in the same community, attend the same school - they are going to see each other and now what? No talk. No wassap. Just stink eye and talk stink behind each other's back now? How about the possible ever lasting friendship that's now lost?
btw, No one has mentioned but from the second picture in the article, three keiki had their kung-fu grips on the jersey but I guess the third lost the tug-of-war...and no lost suit was brought from the third keiki right?
SHOUT OUT: Happy Belated Birthday to one of my closest friends that I never see, doesn't return calls, no comes out with us but he was one of groomsmen, Alan Iwata! Eh, he no read dis anyways.