Alex Morgan is one of the most influential soccer stars of her generation.
On the international level, Morgan’s accolades speak for themselves. She co-captained the U.S. team from 2018 to 2020. In the process she led the squad to 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup win and earned a Silver Boot.
On the domestic level, she routinely causes a stir in the NWSL where Morgan has enjoyed stints with the likes of the Orlando Pride and San Diego Wave.
This week, ahead of a game, Morgan decided to make a particularly big statement by wearing this shirt to one of her outings:
A statement piece🧡🖤 pic.twitter.com/cG12xsey0G
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) October 17, 2022
The reference there, obviously, is to Brittney Griner.
Griner is currently being detained by Russia as a pawn in a geopolitical stalemate between the United States and its most notable international foe. She has now been imprisoned for more than 240 days and recently celebrated her 32nd birthday behind bars.
Morgan’s support for Griner did not go unnoticed:
BOOM! Alex for #BallonDor
— Nicholas Stepney (@ThaStippaman) October 17, 2022
— may (@lenaluxhor) October 17, 2022
We you,QUEEN of San Diego!
— Angela Rieke (@AngelaRieke) October 17, 2022
— σDESSα (@dessihndrxx) October 18, 2022
Thank you, Alex. A true hero https://t.co/tlSOokMASw
— Trevor Smith (@Yankeeswap21) October 18, 2022
— Chris B (@dabigturk) October 18, 2022
This isn’t the first time Morgan has blown up online in recent days. Between her provocative photos from a recent San Diego Padres game, wild boat party pictures and racy beach day snaps – it has been one thing after another with her.
She just has that sort of reach. Anything Morgan does sets the internet ablaze.
The photos speak for themselves. https://t.co/iNScmOqZQq
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 17, 2022
It doesn’t look like Griner’s current predicament is going to get sorted any time soon. This issue will likely continue to persist.
Will Morgan continue to be as outspoken on it as she has been up to this point?
Time will tell.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.