The recent vote on Scottish independence captured the imagination of the British public, across a number of social media platforms.
There was heavy representation from members of the United Kingdom on the social networking service, Twitter, including a number of celebrities.
Andy Murray, the 2013 gentleman’s Wimbledon champion, voiced his opinion with reference to the vote with an emotional and extremely subjective post.
There was no love lost between a small minority of English nationalists, who felt Murray was distancing himself from the UK.
The tweet was negatively received on the whole; which led to the Scottish athlete being subjected to an avalanche of unfavourable comments, described by Police Scotland as “vile”.
Although Murray was quick to admit he published the message without thinking through the consequences; he still believes he is entitled to express his own opinions freely.
However, rather than allowing his passion for the topic to cloud his overall judgement, he would have preferred to act in a more professional manner.
Following the decision for Scotland to remain as part of the United Kingdom, Murray has reiterated his support for Great Britain by committing his sporting future to the united cause.
Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister of Scotland during the referendum, angered Murray by attempting to use the athlete’s Wimbledon triumph as an opportunity to strengthen his own political campaign.
Murray reportedly felt uncomfortable in the aftermath of his victory as he witnessed Salmond parade a Scottish flag behind David Cameron, in an unpopular bid to boost the recognition of the Scottish National Party (SNP).