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Meek Mill Granted Bail, Released From Prison

Just before 7 p.m. ET, Meek Mill was released from prison.

It’s been just about five months since the Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill was sentenced to serve two-to-four years in prison for violating a probation.

The Philadelphia Supreme Court overturned his controversial conviction and granted Meek Mill, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, an immediate release from prison, directing the judge to release him on “unsecured bail.” Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, one of Meek’s good friends, announced on his Instagram that Meek is free after both he and comedian Kevin Hart visited the rapper. 

Online social media channels exploded with the news of his release. Even John Anderson on ESPN’s SportsCenter shouted “Free Meek Mill!” as the program’s 6 p.m. show opened. Later in the program, ESPN reporter Sal Paolantonio confirmed that Rubin went to pick up Meek Mill at the prison “with the intent that [he] will ring the ceremonial bell for the start of game 5 [of the 76ers vs Miami Heat].” Paolantonio said it was “interesting [that] the last person to ring the bell in game 2 was Kevin Hart,” who joined Rubin earlier in the day.

Thought the prison is 10 miles from the arena, video from NBC10 Philadelphia showed the rapper exiting an SUV and entering a helicopter, presumably headed right for Wells Fargo Center.

Footage of him walking into the locker room:

Hensley Carrasco
Hensley graduated from the University of Rhode Island where he was the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, the Good 5 Cent Cigar. He founded the site with hopes to add to the ever-growing digital music newsroom. Hensley generally writes about Hip-Hop, but other genres are not out of his writing spectrum. On the side, Hensley is a photographer, specializing in concert photography.

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