He walked the blue carpet wearing clothing in support of a group of young black English soccer players who have been the victims of racial abuse online. His black sweater read in white letters: “Jadon & Marcus & Bakayo.”
The rest of the Emmy-nominated cast joined him for the launch of Ted Lasso Season 2 ahead of its release on Apple TV+ next week.
The names on Jason’s shirt, “Jadon & Marcus & Bakayo,” refer to three players in the England men’s national soccer team: 21-year-old Jadon Sancho, 23-year-old Marcus Rashford and 19-year-old Bakayo Saka.
Recently England reached the final of the European Championships where they faced Italy. The game finished 1-1 and went to penalty kicks to decide the winner. Unfortunately Rashford, Sancho and Saka missed their penalty shots, meaning Italy won.
Afterward, all three players received a torrent of racist abuse online on social media. UK police have so far arrested five people in connection with the posts.