"Welcome home Meek Mill", said the game announcer to the rapper, who was sitting courtside next to actor Kevin Hart and Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin. T.I. says while laughing and pacing a bit in what appears to be his kitchen.
Rubin also shared that Meek would be spending at least part of the evening in attendance at the Wells Fargo Center to watch Game 5 of the Sixers and Heat's first-round series, which Philly now leads 3-1.
Earlier Tuesday, fellow Philadelphian and comedian Kevin Hart was at the jail to visit him, CBS Philadelphia reports. When his hometown Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl 52 and used his music as the soundtrack for their postgame locker room celebration, Mill was forced to watch from a prison cell.
Earlier in April, Philadelphia's district attorney's office recommended a new trial for Mill, who before the initial sentencing raised questions over the credibility of his arresting officer, but the judge denied him bail moving the case to the state's Supreme Court. "I still don't understand why he's still in jail after so much has been pointed out", Hart told reporters after the visit.
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 Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.
Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, has been behind bars since November, when Brinkley sentenced him to two to four years in prison for violating probation stemming from a 2008 drug and weapons possession conviction.
With a chance to secure their first playoff series win since the dawn of the "Trust the Process" era, and Meek Mill finally back in the building, Philadelphia will be rocking tonight. He's 30 now, he's been on probation for 11 years. "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".
Simmons said Mill's presence was meaningful to the team and the city.
"Do you remember, nigga, I told you not to take those ten years of probation!" Studies indicate that black probationers are more likely to have their probation revoked, which makes it just one more way in which the criminal justice system perpetuates centuries-old American traditions of racial discrimination. As he walked in, NBC's John Clark had a moment to ask Meek how it felt to be free to which the rapper simply replied, "I feel great".