- Alex Morgan celebrated her goal in the Women’s World Cup semifinals against England on Tuesday by pretending to sip tea. The gesture has been met with both love and criticism.
- During the team’s media availability on Friday, Morgan said the celebration was meant to pay homage to the “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner, who is known for sharing her opinions on Instagram and ending with the phrase “And that’s the tea.”
- Turner, who is on her honeymoon with Joe Jonas, posted an Instagram story in support of Morgan, slamming the haters, whom she described as “probably sitting-at-home millennials drinking kombucha.”
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Alex Morgan has the support of the “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner, who inspired Morgan’s faux-tea-sipping celebration during Tuesday’s Women’s World Cup semifinal match against England. The US defeated England, 2-1.
Morgan scored a goal in the 30th minute for the US, and while most of Twitter loved the celebration, others found it distasteful.
Alex Morgan scores her first goal since the opening game and retakes the lead in the Golden Boot race (6 goals, 3 assists)
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 2, 2019
During the team’s media availability on Friday, Morgan said Turner had inspired the celebration. Turner is known for offering her opinions on Instagram and ending by saying “And that’s the tea” as she sips from a cup.
Morgan also called the criticism a double standard. “You see men celebrating all over the world in big tournaments, grabbing their sacks or whatever it is,” she said. “And when I look at sipping a cup of tea, I am a little taken aback by the criticism.”
Turner took time during her honeymoon with Joe Jonas to record an Instagram story in which she slammed the haters of Morgan’s celebration.
.@alexmorgan13 said her tea celebration was inspired by Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner.
Turner showed her support and gave the haters the tea ???? ???? pic.twitter.com/RtVIKrnLFS
— ESPN (@espn) July 5, 2019
Turner said she was “incredibly sad” England lost and “incredibly proud” of the team but also honored that it lost to “such an incredible team” in the US.
“I’m honored that you thought of me, and all those people who are hating on you are probably sitting-at-home millennials drinking kombucha, and I’m really f—— proud of you, Alex Morgan,” Turner said. “Congratulations on your win, and that’s the motherf—— tea.”
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