Big Js are mad at Trent Crimm (a fictional journalist) for choosing to be a decent person
*** IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE LAST EPISODE OF TED LASSO AND DON’T WANT A MAJOR STORY TO SPREAD, GET 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 can ever forgive. I’m not sure if the plan is to turn Nate into a heel that will go to a new club Rupert is buying – in which case that was a great way to turn everyone against him – or give him some sort of bow of redemption, but I’m not as forgiving as Ted. I’m on Nate.
But the story here isn’t exactly what Nate did. That’s what Trent Crimm, The Independent did.
After writing the story of Ted’s panic attack that caused him to leave the Richmond FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City, Trent reached out to Ted to explain that he needed to write this story. But then he does something that isn’t supposed to happen: he tells Ted the source of the story.
Unsurprisingly, the Big J’s are unhappy with it.
Are we really serious right now?
First of all, it’s a TV show, but let’s go ahead and put ourselves in this world for the sake of this conversation. Trent learned of Nate’s existence during a training session when he saw a Premier League-era club lead a game designed by their equipment manager. He knew how much Ted had done to get Nate to pass him from jokes in the locker room to an assistant coach who seemed destined for a great career.
I would say these are quite remarkable circumstances that none of these journalists have ever encountered. Trent has spent every day with these two guys for two years and has seen both the rise and fall of a man who owes all he has to the very person he is now trying to bring down. It would be borderline sociopathic behavior not to be upset to receive a story of this magnitude from a source like this. Trent knows he only got this story because one of the nicest people he’s ever met gets stabbed in the back.
I am extremely confident that Trent does not write the subject of every story he writes that was the source of it. These were extraordinary circumstances.
And if Trent really wanted to be a shitty reporter, he could’ve made the story richer very easily and audiences never would have known. But he did his job and just had the decency afterward to let Ted know that the story was from someone he thought he could trust.
Trent Crimm is a good person. If this annoys you, I’m sorry.