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Galaxy Tight-Lipped on Babayaro Release

Former Chelsea and Newcastle star Celestine Babayaro arrived at the Los Angeles Galaxy in February to a certain degree of fanfare. He departed after playing just 45 minutes, as Coach Ruud Gullit, whom Babayaro played for at both Chelsea and Newcastle, placed the Nigerian on waivers little more than a month after acquiring him. The Los Angeles Times' Grahame L. Jones points out that no reason has been given for the surprise decision, which was made on Monday.

It's an especially curious decision when you consider the following comment from David Beckham: "Celestine's not just a good person but a great player. I've played against him many a time and we've kicked each other many a time. He's an experienced player. He's a very good player, a player who has played in one of the biggest leagues in the world, so he's a good addition."

Galaxy GM Alexi Lalas provides no insight, offering a prepared "non-answer" answer to the question of Babayaro's release. Jones says the non-answer invites more questions, like was Babayaro good enough? Did he demand too much money? Did he have a falling out with coach Gullit? Did L.A. simply not have enough cap room to keep him? Perhaps it was all of the above.

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