Scottish rugby international Rory Lamont has apologised after calling US President Barack Obama a "whore" on social networking site Twitter.
The 29-year-old made the remarks, which were described as "completely inappropriate" by the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU), on Wednesday January 4.
Lamont praised Ron Paul, a candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination, and said: "He doesn't work for Wall Street like that whore Obama."
The Glasgow Warriors winger used his account to apologise for the tweet.
He posted: "If I have ever caused any offence from the language used in my tweets I do apologise."
A spokesman for the SRU said: "Social media provides a platform for our players to engage with fans and act as ambassadors for our team and the sport in general.
"We do make players aware of how best to use social media, such as Twitter, so they can make the most of the service.
"We have spoken to Rory about the tweets identified and he fully accepts the language used was completely inappropriate and has apologised unreservedly for offence caused.
"Rory is concentrating on this weekend's important Heineken Cup match between Glasgow Warriors and Leinster."