What They're Saying: Alex Morgan

“I feel that there is some sort of double standard for females in sports to feel like we have to be humble in our successes and have to celebrate, but not too much or in a limited fashion. You see men celebrating all over the world in big tournaments, grabbing their sacks or whatever it is. And when I look at sipping a cup of tea, I am a little taken aback by the criticism.”

-- U.S. star Alex Morgan on the criticism of her goal celebration during the USA’s 2-1 win over England in the Women’s World Cup semifinals. She mimed sipping a cup of tea after she scored what proved to be the winning goal, a celebration she said was inspired by Game of Thrones actor Sophie Turner, who often signs off her Instagram stories with the phrase “and that’s the tea” before taking a sip from a cup. (Guardian)
6 comments about "What They're Saying: Alex Morgan".
  1. Richard Broad, July 6, 2019 at 8:29 p.m.

    Alex Morgan is a FANTASTIC player. However, she is a role model (despite Charles Barkley's disclaimer!). She has earned her place in the public eye and she should realize that a LOT of people (especially YOUNG people, especially young GIRLS) look up to her as an example and model their behavior after what she does and says. She needs to understand that what she does---- after scoring the game winner against England or after notching #5 agiainst Thailand---and what she says (in statements like this) is being watched and emulated WORLDWIDE, and will be subject to praise and criticism. She deserves, and has earned the right, to be revered. How she carries herself will be the true measure of her greatness.

  2. Wallace Wade, July 7, 2019 at 7:37 a.m.

    Double Standard, Alex? Yep, it cuts both ways and it’s called “The way it is”

  3. John Polis, July 7, 2019 at 8:45 a.m.

    Silly comment by one of several U. S. players who with their experience should know better but seem unbelievably naive when it comes to the consequences of words and actions in the public eye. Celebrations were clearly over the top. No team I ever worked would be wildly running around or a coach jumping up and down to celebrate the latter goals of a 13-0 slaughter. We've all heard this: "Act like you've been there before." In my view, anything more than a fist pump after five or six goals is rubbing it in the opponent's face.  Oh yeah there were excuses for this by the coach and others (goal difference, exuberance of the moment, etc.) but none of them wash. It's about respect for your sporting opponent -- clear and simple. And any of these players or coaches with the USA who said they don't know about this are kidding themselves because they were caught in a situation that surprisingly they had not anticipated or talked to the players about.  All the coaches I've worked with through the years, from Anson Dorrance to Carlos Alberto Parreira, from Bob Gansler to Carlos Queiroz, from Vic Crowe to Mario Zagallo: I could never ever see them allowing any of their teams do this. And believe me, there's nothing that goes on on a football field in celebrations after a half dozen unanswered goals that a coach can't put the brakes on. People need to wake up. Poor sporting behavior, whether it's by men, women, boys or girls is just that. And this situation with the U. S. team, performing in Europe with the world watching, is something the Federation and the coach should have been better prepared for. These players are Americans and we all love and support them. But act like a boor and, guess what, people will think you are one.   

  4. Wooden Ships replied, July 7, 2019 at 5:28 p.m.

    I see it the same way John and I suspect we are from a similar generation. And, probably have played with and against quality players. In recent memory, I’m trying to recall Germany’s defeat of Brazil and how respectful each player and goal was celebrated. 

  5. Bill Riviere, July 7, 2019 at 10:25 a.m.

    Alex should have been cautioned or ejected for taunting with her arrogant tea cup fiasco.  That wasn't a celebration; it was taunting her opponent.  Totally distasteful and she should have paid some consequences on the field, not just by the press and public opinion.

  6. Wooden Ships replied, July 7, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

    Agree Bill. Not sure which is worse the taunting gesture or Morgan not understanding. 

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