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Meek Mill Released from Prison; Rings Bell at 76er’s Playoff Game 5

After spending nearly five months in prison after a controversial sentence for violating probation, The Philadelphia rapper was let out and was en route to the 76er’s playoff game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered an immediate release for Meek Mill earlier today (April 24th), directing the judge to release him on “unsecured bail.”

Meek Mill says, “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.”

Mill received a widespread ton of support from notable artists and athletes, including Colin Kapernick, rappers Jay-Z, T.I. and Rick Ross, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, comedian Kevin Hart and the 76ers’ co-owner Rubin. Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, a supporter of Mill, shared an Instagram photo of Mill on the way to a 76ers game on Tuesday night, in a helicopter in which Rubin and Hart picked Mill up in.

 

On the way to the sixers game let’s go!!!! #meekfree

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Miller later tweeted to his fans and the City of Philadelphia saying, “To the Philly District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice. 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,” he tweeted. “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.”

 

Mill was at the 76er’s game, wearing a Joel Embiid jersey, Mill rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell in Philadelphia before tipoff of Playoff Game 5 against the Miami Heat. He received a roaring ovation from the Wells Fargo Center crowd upon introduction and was seated court-side, next to comedian Kevin Hart and Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin.

Later, in the evening Jay-Z posted to show his support of Meek Mill finally being freed saying, “Today, Meek Mill, a son of Philadelphia, is a free man. He was incarcerated unjustly and caught in a probation trap for years by a broken system. Now we can celebrate his release. We thank every individual that has supported and fought alongside Meek every step of the way..”

 

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