October 4, 2017 at 6:49 AM
This story has been updated
U.S. soccer star Alex Morgan and a group of friends, including Major League Soccer players Giles Barnes and Donny Toia, paid a visit to Epcot Center in Orlando on Sunday. It didn’t end well.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department tells TMZ that its officers kicked Morgan, Barnes, Toia and his wife, Courtney, out of the park after they began arguing with another group of people at a pub in the United Kingdom section of Epcot Center’s World Showcase. In all, six people in Morgan’s group were escorted by police from the park after employees reported several individuals who were “impaired and verbally aggressive,” the Orlando Sentinel reports.
It all started, according to the police report, when Barnes cut in front of another park guest at the pub, sparking an argument. Soon the police were called, and they made the following observations (per the Sentinel’s reading of the report):
“As we passed Spaceship Earth, I observed several people being escorted to the front,” a deputy wrote. “They were all being very loud and belligerent toward staff around guests.
“I observed a white female, who was later identified as Alexandria Morgan yelling, screaming and taken (sic) video and possibly pictures. She appeared to be highly impaired.”
The report goes on to say a deputy heard Morgan “make a loud verbal statement” that she knows the Orlando SWAT team.
No charges were filed.
“The Orlando City SC organization is aware of a situation that occurred at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park earlier this week and is awaiting official communication from Disney or the Orange County Police Department,” Orlando City SC, which operates both the men’s and women’s pro soccer teams in the city, said in a statement to the Sentinel. “The club will address the matter internally when there is a full understanding of what occurred.”
Morgan apologized Wednesday on Twitter:
Based on the caption of an Instagram photo Morgan posted of her and her group in front of the restaurant at the Epcot Japan pavilion, it seems as if they were going “Around the World,” an activity in which you visit each of the Epcot World Showcase’s 11 themed areas (each representing a different country). Some people turn this into a drinking game, with one adult beverage consumed in each “country.” (It isn’t clear whether Morgan’s group was attempting this particular version of the challenge.)
Morgan plays for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Orlando Pride, and she had an assist in a 3-2 road win over the North Carolina Courage the day before her visit to Epcot. The Pride’s next game is Saturday against Portland Thorns FC in the NWSL semifinals, and Coach Tom Sermanni said Tuesday he expected Morgan to play, per the Sentinel.
Barnes and Toia play for Orlando City of MLS.