Freed rapper Meek Mill attends 76ers playoff game

By Joe Rodgers 25 April 2018 125
Freed rapper Meek Mill attends 76ers playoff game

Rapper Meek Mill was released on bail Tuesday and will make an appearance at the 76ers playoff game. 

Months after the rapper was sentenced to up to four years behind bars, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a lower court to grant Meek release on bail Tuesday. 

Billionaire entrepreneur and 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, a frequent visitor of Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, announced he's headed to the prison to pick up the Philadelphia native and bring him to Tuesday night's playoff game at Wells Fargo Center.

Mill also rang the Sixers' ceremonial bell before the game against the Heat. 

Mill was sentenced to prison between two and four years in November 2017 for violating his parole, a sentence many said was too harsh.

Judge Genece Brinkley, who has overseen the case, has been accused of being "vindictive and erroneous" in her strict sentencing.

The rapper released the following statement Tuesday:

I’d like to thank God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time. While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive. To the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice – not only for my case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct. Although I’m blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career.

His first Instagram post after being released read simply: “Let’s go @sixers."

 

Let’s go @sixers

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Mill was arrested in 2007 on drug and weapon violations. He was released from prison in 2009 after serving six months, but was arrested while on parole for failing a drug test, leaving the region without permission, fighting with someone at the St. Louis airport and illegally operating an ATV in New York City.

The 76ers, who own a 3-1 game lead over the Heat entering Tuesday's game, often visited Mill in prison and have been outspoken on his behalf of the alleged injustices. 

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