Former NFL player Rae Carruth was released from prison on Monday, 19 years after he was sentenced for his role in the shooting of his then-pregnant girlfriend.
The now-former inmate in Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, North Carolina, paid two hit men to shoot Cherica Adams in 1999. Police saw right through his thinly veiled plot and ultimately charged him with conspiracy to murder, which he was convicted of in 2001.
While Adams died, the baby boy she was pregnant with survived, albeit with serious “challenges that come from cerebral palsy, which was the result of his traumatic birth after the shooting,” according to ESPN.
Carruth said months before his release that he would petition the court for custody of his son, Chancellor Lee Adams, 18.
Given all of the above, especially Carruth’s prison release for doing the unconscionable, Twitter users reacted with their typical scorn — only this time it was completely justified.
See what people were saying on social media Monday morning in response to Carruth’s release.
1. Rae Carruth walks free
Rae Carruth walked out of Sampson Correctional Institution and back into the free world today. pic.twitter.com/IdRxPMSlaQ— The Charlotte Observer (@theobserver) October 22, 2018
2. Ignore him
As Rae Carruth walks free, you don't need to bother yourself with reading about him. Read this incredible story by @thomaslake read about his son and the son's grandma and how they survived his cruelty. https://t.co/gRuPbOkmDD— Joshua Sharpe (@JoshuaWSharpe) October 22, 2018
3. The NFL’s hypocrisy
4. Tasteless jokes
Rae Carruth today pic.twitter.com/WHQSC2X8Em— Liz (@LizInFallsCity) October 22, 2018
Rae Carruth bitch ass gettin outta jail today. And I bet he still talkin about gettin full custody of a child he never wanted.— Clay Helton is the Coronavirus at USC (@BlackSaiyan455) October 22, 2018
It’s surreal that Rae Carruth just walked out of prison— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) October 22, 2018
“But Rae Carruth served his ti—“ pic.twitter.com/jWYXhq0pkW— Openly Black Studs Twerkel. (@thewayoftheid) October 22, 2018
9. Sober truth
Majority of you mfs didn't care about Rae Carruth 2 mths ago, so kill the fake outrage today just bc he's trending. Rae served his time now put all of your energy into the murderers of Tamir Rice, Trayvon, Mike Brown etc etc bc those mfs are getting book deals. pic.twitter.com/qvahwttCWz— RIP SHABBA DOO & MF DOOM (@JBtheSpecialist) October 22, 2018
Rae Carruth and his mother can rot.— Jamilah Lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) October 22, 2018