David Beckham’s manhood was on display, but the soccer star who would come to be known as “Golden Balls” felt far from golden as his teammates roared with laughter.
Poor Becks, at the tender age of 16, was forced to pleasure himself while staring at a large photo of a 1980s soccer hunk as the rest of his team looked on, howling and mocking his performance.
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As a young soccer player David Beckham, pictured above in 1990, had to perform an embarrassing sex act on himself in front of teammates.
It was an act of hazing from Beckham’s days on Manchester United’s youth club that still makes the British midfielder cringe when he talks about it all these years later.
“Everyone had an initiation that you had to go through on the youth team — that was one of the most uncomfortable ones,” Beckham, now 38, confesses in a new documentary about Manchester United’s vaunted youth movement in the early ’90s.
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David Beckham had to look at a photo of former Manchester United player Clayton Blackmore during the vile hazing ritual.
Beckham, before he was an internationally known sex symbol, let alone a legendary winner on the pitch, was forced to touch himself while eyeballing a calendar picture of Clayton Blackmore, a Welsh star who played for Manchester United in the 1980s.
In retrospect, the irony was magnificent.
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‘I was embarrassed when I was saying it on camera let alone talking about it more,’ David Beckham said of revealing the hazing he endured when he was a young soccer player.
“The fact that I had to look at Clayton Blackmore’s calendar and do certain things, while looking at Clayton Blackmore — I mean it was embarrassing to talk about!” Beckham admits, according to Metro, which first reported the humorous tale from the documentary “Class of 1992.”
Beckham’s confession of how he was forced to get hot and bothered for the sake of the team’s entertainment was a juicy bit of Manchester United history to emerge from the documentary.
The Manchester United Youth Team on May 15, 1992. Back row, left to right: Ben Thornley, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville, Simon Davies, Chris Casper, Kevin Pilkington and Keith Gillespie. Front row, left to right: John O’Kane, Robbie Savage, George Switzer, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Colin McKee.
The film, which debuts in London on Sunday, details how Beckham and five other young guns who broke in with Manchester United in the early ’90s — including noted players Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs — represented a new generation of soccer stars.
For Becks, his career at Manchester United, for which he played his first Premier League match at age 17 in 1992, led to celebrity that outpaced his prowess on the field.
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David Beckham is the latest professional athlete to reveal he endured a hazing ritual.
He won six Premier League titles with Man. U during a 20-year professional career. That success morphed into an international fashion fame that in some ways was enhanced through his relationship with his fashionista wife, Victoria, aka Posh Spice.
He has appeared in countless fashion shoots and ad campaigns, sometimes wearing nothing more than his underwear, to the delight of female and male fans the world over.
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Beckham had to perform the hazing ritual while looking at a photo of Clayton Blackmore (pictured), a Welsh star who played for Manchester United in the 1980s.
It was Beckham’s gilded career — with a wink and a nod to his stunning, chiseled physique — that led Victoria to nickname him “Golden Balls.”
Looking back on his fraternity-esque moment of humiliation, Beckham seemed very pleased that he wasn’t forced into a do-over.
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David Beckham with former England international Bobby Charlton in the early 1990s.
“I was embarrassed when I was saying it on camera let alone talking about it more,” said Beckham. “It was definitely something I wouldn’t like to go through again!”
Following the stunning admissions another Manchester United player, Robbie Savage, tweeted Beckham “wasn’t (the) only one” who had to perform the bizarre ritual.
Beckham has appeared in countless fashion shoots and ad campaigns, sometimes wearing nothing more than his underwear.
In the U.S., hazing has become a hotly debated subject after Jonathan Martin alleged that his fellow offensive lineman on the Miami Dolphins, Richie Incognito, bullied him to the point of a mental breakdown.
Hazing expert Dr. Susan Lipkins told the Daily News that while the lewd ritual might not have troubled Beckham, it’s entirely possible that the practice has evolved into something potentially more traumatic.
“The nature of hazing is such that you pass on tradition and you want to add your own mark, so it becomes more sexual, more violent, or more alcohol is added,” said Lipkins, who wrote “Preventing Hazing.” “So after 10, 20 years it becomes much worse.”
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