The timing was too good for Tim Leiweke, though, who couldn't resist making a joke about it as he started his Cobi commemorative speech. It went like this:
"A couple of months ago, Cobi and I had a chance to catch up and have lunch. We sit down, and Cobi says, 'I have to tell you something – I’m going to retire.'”
"I said, 'That’s too bad – because I think we’ve got David Beckham coming in.''
"And Cobi said, 'At the end of this next season.'"
It was good for a laugh at the conference, but it was apparently taken seriously by a few news outlets, and then it was printed as fact around the world that Cobi Jones stayed on just to play with David Beckham.