Meek Mill is not wasting any time.
The rapper was released from prison Tuesday afternoon and immediately went straight to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to watch his hometown 76ers take on the Miami Heat.
Michael Rubin, a minority owner of the 76ers who worked to help #FreeMeek, posted a photo on Instagram on their way to the game, writing, “On the way to the sixers game let’s go!!!!”
The hometown boy was given the honor of ringing the ceremonial bell before the game — with a little help from his boy, Kevin Hart.
It is a little ironic that the 76ers are rolling out the red carpet for Meek. Even though he’s from Philadelphia, it wasn’t too long ago that his allegiances were elsewhere. In sports, we call that being a frontrunner.
After his release on Tuesday, Meek Mill released a statement saying:
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.