Jason Sudeikis said his shirt supporting English soccer players was to ‘humanize’ them

Ted Lasso star Jason Sudeikis joined The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, where he discussed the sweatshirt that he wore to the second season premiere of his show recently. It read “Jadon & Marcus & Bukayo,” and was a show of support for English Soccer players Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka, who each experienced racial abuse after missing penalties during England's loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

“They’re the last three fellas, young fellas, that took the penalty kicks. They didn't turn out the way that certainly England would have hoped, certainly a lot of us here in the states would have, too, and people worldwide, and they caught a lot of guff online. The three young black men,” Sudeikis said. “And our show is rooted in both despising things like bullying and racism and whatnot. But it is also rooted and takes place in London and England. And so it was our way to use this big fancy premiere to spotlight them and let them know we got their back and how much we support them.”

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