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Residents wade through floodwaters as they evacuate their homes near the Addicks Reservoir as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

A University of Tampa professor was fired for his Harvey 'instant karma' post


A University of Tampa professor was fired after suggesting that Hurricane Harvey's destruction in Texas is "instant karma" for the state because it voted Republican.

Assistant sociology professor Kenneth Storey's initial tweet read, "I don't believe in instant karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas. Hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesn't care about them."

He posted two responses to the tweet Sunday before deleting the entire thread and his profile photo, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

University spokesman Eric Cardenas released a statement Tuesday saying Storey was fired after the school received backlash online.

"We condemn the comments and the sentiment behind them, and understand the pain this irresponsible act has caused," Cardenas said. "As Floridians, we are well aware of the destruction and suffering associated with tropical weather. Our thoughts and prayers are with all impacted by Hurricane Harvey."

Storey issued an apology Monday saying, "I deeply regret a statement I posted yesterday. I never meant to wish ill will upon any group. I hope all affected by Harvey recover quickly."

University officials said other sociology faculty members will take over Storey's classes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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