Variety reported that Meek was let out on bail after a ruling from Pennsylvania’s highest court. He was driven straight from prison to a parking lot where he was swept into a helicopter with his friend, Sixers co-owner Michael Grubin, to fly to the team’s fifth game of the NBA playoffs at Wells Fargo Arena.
Grubin posted Instagram photos along the way.
Meek made it to the game in time to greet players and ring the ceremonial bell, according to social media posts.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 24, 2018
Meek Mill rings the bell for the 76ers. pic.twitter.com/T0fJrtS5KR
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) April 25, 2018
Philadelphia’s assistant district attorney and Meek’s lawyers had been calling for the Wins & Losses rapper’s release from jail due to “questions about the credibility” of the arresting officer in his case.
There has been widespread support and calls to free Meek, who in November was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating probation, from people who say his prison sentence was “unjust” and yet another example of double standards the justice system imposes on Black men.
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.
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