“See Men Celebrating…”: USWNT Star Alex Morgan Once Called Out Haters for Their ‘Double Standards’ Over Her Tea-Sipping Celebration

Published 11/01/2022, 8:15 PM EDT
LYON, FRANCE – JUNE 30: Alex Morgan attends a USA press conference during the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 on June 30, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

Alex Morgan, a USWNT star, played several sports before finding her passion for soccer. She is one of the most influential and top-paid women players. The soccer icon played a crucial role in her country’s 2015 and 2019 World Cup wins. However, Morgan, a thriving personality, once came under fire for miming sipping tea in celebration after a goal against England at the 2019 FIFA game.

In 2011, Morgan scored her first goal in the FIFA Women’s World Cup semi-final clash. She was also the youngest member of Team USA then. An Olympic gold medalist and recipient of several accolades, Morgan defined the reaction to her celebratory gesture in 2019 as a double standard and drew a comparison with her male counterparts. 


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Alex Morgan questioned the gender bias 

Scoring a goal on the world stage is a moment of glory and celebration. Morgan expressed her displeasure over the criticism of her spontaneous reaction rejoicing in the moment. Detailing on those lines, she stated she felt there was a 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.” 

Besides, she remarked on the outrageous gestures her male counterparts make, stating, “You see men celebrating all around the world in big tournaments, you know.” 


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Explaining the idea behind the tea pose, she said that the gesture was related to “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner, whose posts on social media use the phrase “and that’s the tea” while she sips tea.

Morgan has also been vocal about unequal pay


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In 2019, the USWNT co-captioned by Morgan raised their voices against unequal treatment–pay and working conditions and demanded equality.

Eventually, they settled earlier this year. The terms of the deal reveal that the federation would pay $24 million to USWNT members. Besides, it also decided to pay men and women equally in all future tournaments and friendly matches (non-tournament games).

BARNET, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 06: Alex Morgan of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring her team’s third goal from the penalty spot with Ria Percival of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays FA Women’s Super League match between Tottenham Hotspur Women and Brighton & Hove Albion Women at The Hive on December 06, 2020 in Barnet, England. A limited number of fans are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Notably, the USWNT won the match against England that sprang up with the tea-sipping controversy. What do you think about the criticism? Is it right to define it as a ‘storm in a tea cup’ situation?


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Ramya Bachu

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Ramya Bachu is a US Sports author for Essentially Sports. Ramya has a Master’s degree in Psychology. She strongly believes in the power of discipline, consistency, and willingness to learn to achieve greater heights.

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