Former WWE star Buddy Murphy (now Buddy Matthews) announced his free agency today, but his announcement was met with criticism.
In announcing that today is the day his non-compete clause comes to an end, Murphy posted an image that depicted someone breaking chains from their wrists, and he received a lot of backlash from many people who accused him of comparing his situation with slavery.
You can see the picture he originally uploaded here:
Upon receiving the backlash, he took the post down and replaced it with this one:
— Buddy Matthews (@SNM_Buddy) August 31, 2021
He has also now tweeted an apology, writing:
My apologies for the tweet I posted earlier today if it offended you. It wasn’t my intention AT ALL! And FAR from what I intended it to mean! deleted the the tweet. Once again. My apologies!
The former Buddy Murphy and Ruby Riott (now Ruby Soho) have confirmed their non-compete clauses ended today, and it is very much expected that Lana, Braun Strowman and Santana Garrett are in the same boat.
Malakai Black was the other name released on the same day as them, but he debuted for AEW back on July 7 because WWE accidentally forgot to change his non-compete clause from 30 days to 90.
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