Meek Mill was finally released from prison and he couldn’t be missing Philadelphia vs Miami heat Game 5 last night . 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin even got a helicopter to pick him up .
Video surfaced of Meek Mill leaving the State Correctional Institution in Chester, Pa., and boarding a helicopter less than two hours before tipoff.
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Wearing an Embiid jersey, the Philadelphia-born rapper rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell before tipoff of Game 5. He received a thunderous ovation from the Wells Fargo Center crowd upon introduction and was seated courtside, next to 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin and comedian Kevin Hart.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a lower court to immediately grant bail to the rapper Tuesday, according to FOX29 Philadelphia. According to Daniel Victor of the New York Times, Rubin said Mill “more likely than not” will be in attendance at the 76ers home playoff game against the Heat Tuesday, in which they will have a chance to win the series.
The rapper’s legal troubles have become a major story within the sports world and beyond because of his connection to the Philadelphia community and the history behind his case, particularly the exact parole violation that put him behind bars and his relationship with the judge in charge of his case.
Mill is a huge Sixers fan and his incarceration turned into a cause celebre. The hashtags #freemeek and #freemeekmill were widespread on social media, and at the Sixers’ playoff opener at home last week, several fans wore Sixers shirts with Free Meek on the back where a last name usually goes.
Mill has received support from several athletes, entertainers and celebrities, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft visited Mill in prison two weeks ago. When the Eagles won the Super Bowl in February, Cleveland’s LeBron James tweeted, “#FreeMeek”