2017 Manchester Bombing: Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi reacts

The May 22 attack in Manchester, England was sobering for Jay Ajayi. (Getty Images)

DAVIE–Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi was dismayed by Monday’s deadly explosion in Manchester, England, which is about a four-hour drive from where he grew up in London.

Ajayi, speaking to the media today after the opening of Organized Team Activities, was deeply troubled by what he saw on television.

“It’s almost recurring in today’s world where we’re seeing these events like these,” he said. “And it’s sad because you have kids and people that just want to go watch a concert, and they’ve lost their lives because of it. So prayers out to the families and everyone affected by what happened in Manchester, and you just hope they find a way to stop these kind of things from happening.”

Ajayi, 23, is one of a handful of NFL players from England. He was born in London and moved to the United States when he was seven years old. He had the No. 7 highest-selling jersey in the United Kingdom last year, per the league.

Dolphins vs. Saints in Week 4 is one of four NFL games being held in England this season.

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