Meek Mill is being released from state prison on bail after a almost six-month legal battle over the Philadelphia rapper being sentenced to serve two-to-four years behind bars in November of last year for violating his parole.
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.
Meek Mill, also known as Robert Rihmeek Williams, opened Game 5 by ringing the ceremonial pre-game bell ― a replica of the Liberty Bell ― as fans in the arena erupted in cheers.
Mill took off in a helicopter shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday from the prison outside of Philadelphia.
Mill issued a statement saying the past months had been "a nightmare", and thanked his many supporters and visitors, who included Rubin, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Democratic Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.
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"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", said Mill, whose last album "Wins and Losses" reached number three on the United States chart.
Philadelphia's district attorney believes Mill should get a new trial because of questions raised about the credibility of his arresting officer.
Just the idea of the rapper being court-side for Wednesday night's game - which, if the Sixers win, will mean they advance to the second round for the first time in six years, where they'll face either the Milwaukee Bucks or Boston Celtics, swept across the internet.
"I wouldn't wish jail on anybody", Minaj said. If so, the prosecution can elect to drop its case.
Mill's attorney, Joe Tacopina, thanked the high court.
Rapper Meek Mill is out of jail after being held behind bars for five months for probation violations.
The Supreme Court denied a defense request to move the case to another judge, but said the presiding judge could opt to remove herself.