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Mike Adams, the University of North Carolina Wilmington professor forced to retire after posting tweets deemed to be controversial, was found dead on Thursday.
Adams, a professor of criminology, was found dead inside his home during a welfare check around 2 p.m., according to Jerry Brewer, the public information officer for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.
Brewer said an investigation into the professor’s death is ongoing, CNN reported.
The author of “Feminists Say the Darndest Things: A Politically Incorrect Professor Confronts ‘Womyn’ on Campus,” Adams was set to retire next week on August 1 — the UNCW announced in June that Adams would be retiring after a series of tweets stirred students.
The Office of University Relations on behalf of the Division of Academic Affairs at UNCW released a statement on Adams’ death:
“It is with sadness that we share the news that the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation involving Dr. Mike Adams, professor of criminology. Please keep his friends and loved ones in your thoughts. Students may call the University Counseling Center (910.962.3746) for grief support; faculty and staff can seek support through the Employee Assistance Program.”
In the spirit of President Donald Trump, Adams did not mince words when tweeting, which didn’t sit well with social justice warriors on campus.
In late May, he referred to North Carolina’s Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to “massa,” after the state moved into phase two of reopening.
“This evening I ate pizza and drank beer with six guys at a six seat table top,” Adams tweeted. “I almost felt like a free man who was not living in the slave state of North Carolina. Massa Cooper, let my people go!”
The tweet came four days after the death of George Floyd, in Minneapolis.
Adams also tweeted that those rioting over the killing of Floyd were “thugs looking for an opportunity to break the law with impunity.”
The news outlets eager to report on that tweet rarely note he also tweeted: “Police departments need to relieve anyone using the kind of neck restraint that was used on George Floyd.”
Adams also called Cooper out for his hypocrisy over the protests that saw plenty of violence.
The day before, Adams tweeted: “Don’t shut down the universities. Shut down the non essential majors. Like Women’s Studies.”
While you can imagine how that went over, the tweet was surely more of a statement about how women’s studies is dominated by radical left activists than it was a protest of women’s education.
Either way, several petitions calling for his removal gained over 120,000 signatures, as celebrities, students and alumni rallied to the cause.
UNCW responded to the outrage to call Adams’ messages “vile and inexcusable.”
(Adams sued the university in 2014, winning a First Amendment retaliation lawsuit.)
“We are listening to the outrage being expressed regarding the vile and inexcusable comments made by a UNCW faculty member,” the school said in a release. “However, we are not just listening; we can confirm we are very carefully and assertively reviewing our options in terms of how to proceed. We are not able to comment further at this time, as this is a personnel matter.”
Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli announced in a statement posted on the school’s website that Adams had “decided to retire from UNCW, effective August 1, 2020.”
The two parties agreed to a settlement of $504,702 for lost salary and lost retirement benefits, according to the chancellor.
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