International soccer sensation David Beckham surprised a California family by dropping by their home and giving them $100,000 on the premiere episode of Ryan Seacrest's "Knock Knock Live" on July 21.
David Beckham gave a California family $100,000 on July 21.
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According to Mail Online's Ross McDonagh, Beckham issued the check to the Gonzales family during the premiere episode of Ryan Seacrest's "Knock Knock Live" on Tuesday eveniing. The show features celebrities who introduce themselves to unsuspecting recepients.
Victor Gonzales, the father, was a former professional soccer player in Mexico. However, he eventually worked in the construction industry in order to support his family. The trade-off was being able to see his wife and kids just once a month, per McDonagh.
Seacrest told the viewers that Beckham wanted to honor a hard-working family which has the same working class background that he has, per Mirror Online.
When Beckham introduced himself, Claudia Gonzales couldn't control her excitement. In McDonagh words, her screams "were probably heard by every one of her neighbors as she ushered him in, flabbergasted."
As soon as Beckham went inside, he gave out several iPhones from Sprint mobile, the brand which he has been endorsing. McDonagh says every time "Knock Knock Live" went on a commercial break, Beckham's Sprint ads were featured.
Another surprise Beckham revealed was the Gonzales family's phone bills being covered for the next decade, per Mirror Online.
It didn't stop there.
Beckham then issued the check worth $100,000 as each family member fought back tears. The family then invited him to go to their backyard to play a bit of football, per McDonagh.
For his part, Beckham described his experience with the family as nothing short of amazing, per McDonagh:
"Giving the check for $100k, you can see it means so much to them. You can see it has literally changed their lives.
"I'm very fortunate in my life, and to be able to do this for this family that works so hard...it is an amazing feeling."
An earlier segment of "Knock Knock Live" featured rapper Common handing over a bus full of instruments to a music teacher in Atlanta. McDonagh says the bus will transport his students around the city for their various performances.
Common also issued a check worth $50,000 to the lucky music teacher, per Mirror Online.
McDonagh says the show also gave $10,000 to a family in the audience for one of the daughters' tuition fee expenses. Not only that, they discovered they have a new car parked along their driveway.
In another segment, co-host Kellie Pickler went to Nashville, Tn. to help a couple go on a honeymoon they never had. All it had to do was figure out what their Chinese neighbor was saying in Cantonese in 60 seconds, per Mirror Online.
If the couple succeeded, it would go on an all-expenses paid trip to Australia, per McDonagh.
The husband and wife tandem did with a second left to spare.
To kick the show off, a woman had to guess what her neighbor's favorite baseball team is. If she guessed right, her entire neighborhood would receive $25,000 in the form of a cannon firing off a mortar shell filled with dollar bills in various denominations, per Mirror Online.
She guessed correctly when she said it was the Los Angeles Dodgers, per McDonagh.
The Mirror Online report says a total of roughly half a million dollars was given out by the end of the show.
In another development, ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle reported on July 22 that Beckham and his investment group, Miami Beckham United, has requested Miami mayor Tomas Regalado in the form of a letter to commence with meetings regarding the construction of a new soccer stadium adjacent to Marlins Park.
Carlisle obtained a copy of the said letter, which reveals Beckham and his group have the backing of Major League Soccer (MLS):
"We have done a considerable amount of work to understand the requirements of the site and its potential as the home of our Major League Soccer franchise. While there is work to be done, including completing the land assembly, we firmly believe that we can build a world-class stadium at the site.
"Our partners at MLS have visited and reviewed general information regarding the site. They are supportive of our efforts to build a soccer-specific stadium on the site, subject to receiving and reviewing the timeline and agreement with the city of Miami and the final stadium plans."
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