Australian WWE star Buddy Murphy slammed for tone-deaf post - Herald Sun

An Australian wrestling star has found himself in hot water after fans criticised him for an insensitive social media post about his career.

Australian wrestling star Buddy Murphy has apologised for what many have interpreted as a tone deaf social media post after comparing his new status as a free agent to being released from slavery.

On Wednesday, the former WWE Cruiserweight champion took to Twitter to celebrate his 90-day WWE non-compete expiring, meaning he is now free and able to complete elsewhere.

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Murphy, now known as Buddy Matthews, posted an image of a pair of hands breaking free from chains with the caption: “It’s here! #FreeAgent”.

The 32-year-old was swiftly criticised by his followers who interpreted his post as likening his WWE career with slavery.

Eagle-eyed fans also pointed out the image that Murphy uploaded is the second image listed on a Google image search for “freedom”.

Murphy deleted the tweet and apologised for any offence caused.

“My apologies for the tweet I posted earlier today if it offended you,” he wrote.

“It wasn’t my intention AT ALL! And FAR from what I intended it to mean! deleted the tweet. Once again. My apologies!”

Then in a new post, Murphy uploaded an image of two birds flying out of a cage to celebrate being a free agent.

It’s not the first time Murphy has referred to his non-compete clause is restrictive.

Last month, the former Raw Tag Team champion posted a short video of himself wearing what appeared to be a white prison jumpsuit.

Now he has been released from his WWE contract, it has been speculated Murphy will sign with Impact Wrestling or All Elite Wrestling Dynamite or Major League Wrestling.

He is one of several ex-WWE stars including Ruby Riott, Braun Strowman, Lana, Aleister Black who were all released from their WWE contracts back on 2 June.

Murphy’s first fight post his WWE career has already been locked in. He will face Brian Cage on 18 September at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia for Battle of Championship Wrestling.

Originally published as Australian WWE star Buddy Murphy slammed for tone-deaf post

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