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Big Js Are Mad at Trent Crimm (a Fictional Journalist) Because He Chose to Be a Decent Person

***IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE LATEST EPISODE OF TED LASSO AND DO NOT WANT A MAJOR STORYLINE SPOILED, EXIT OUT OF THIS BLOG***

For those of you who have seen the penultimate episode of Season 2 of Ted Lasso, what Nate did to Ted is something I'm not sure I'll ever be able to forgive. I don't know if the plan is to turn Nate into a heel that goes to a new club that Rupert buys — in which case this was a great way to turn everyone against him — or to give him some sort of redemption arc, but I'm not as forgiving as Ted is. I'm out on Nate.

But the story here isn't exactly what Nate did. It's what Trent Crimm, The Independent did.

After writing the story about Ted's panic attack that caused him to leave AFC Richmond's FA Cup quarterfinal match against Tottenham, Trent reaches out to Ted to explain that he had to write that story. But then he does something that isn't supposed to happen: he tells Ted the source of the story.

Unsurprisingly, the Big Js are upset about it.

Are we fucking serious right now?

First of all, it's a television show, but let's go ahead and put ourselves in that world for the sake of this conversation. Trent learned of Nate at a training session when he saw a then-Premier League club running a play designed by its equipment manager. He knew just how much Ted had done for Nate to take him from the butt of jokes in the locker room to an assistant coach who looks destined for a great career.

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I'd say those are some pretty remarkable circumstances none of these journalists have ever encountered. Trent has spent every day around both of these guys for two years and saw both the rise and fall of a man who owes everything he has to the very person he's now trying to take down. It would be borderline sociopathic behavior to not be upset by receiving a story of this magnitude from a source like that. Trent knows he only got this story because one of the nicest people he's ever met is being stabbed in the back.

I am supremely confident Trent does not text the subject of every story he writes who the source of it was. These were extraordinary circumstances.

And if Trent really wanted to be a shitty journalist, he could have very easily spiked the story and the public would have never known. But he did his job and simply had the decency afterwards to let Ted know that the story came from someone he thought he could trust.

Trent Crimm is a good person. If that upsets you, I'm sorry.