Alex Morgan: Police footage from Epcot shows I wasn't impaired
Alex Morgan said body-cam footage released by Orange County deputies after she and three others were removed from Epcot Center on Oct. 1 showed she was "not out of control or highly impaired."
"Although I regret my actions last Sunday while attending the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with my family and friends, the video released today shows that while we were all caught up in the tension of the moment, I was not out of control or highly impaired," Morgan said in quotes appearing in the Orlando Sentinel. "I used bad judgment and I was simply trying to support my friends."
Orlando Pride and United States Women's National Team star Morgan, 28, Orlando City players Giles Barnes and Donny Toia, and Toia's wife, Courtney, were asked to leave Epcot Center after an argument at a restaurant after deputies said Barnes cut in front of another patron before being escorted outside the establishment, with one deputy writing in his report Morgan appeared to be "highly impaired."
The footage released on Tuesday shows Morgan, Toia and Toia's wife being held in a conference room while they filled out trespass warnings and spoke with the officers in the room.
The Orlando Sentinel report says that Morgan told deputies: "We didn't get drunk; we didn't destroy any property" and also objected to one of the deputies calling her "mouthy."
According to the Sentinel, Morgan said: "Dude, you guys are lying right now, I can't imagine what black people go through.
"We're getting mouthy. Actually we haven't said anything curse word-y, we asked why we were being escorted to your room."
Morgan, Barnes and the Toias were all given trespass warnings for the incident, but no charges were filed.
Morgan apologized for the incident the following day.