The Sixers Wanted To Protest Meek's Imprisonment But Upper Management Refused
(AllHipHop News) Meek Mill has garnered the support of billionaires, top celebrities, and prominent legal figures in his hometown of Philadelphia, since being sent to prison on November 6.
The rapper's two to four-year prison sentence issued by judge Genece Brinkley has prompted a nationwide debate on the American prison system.
The Philadelphia 76ers wanted to show their support for Meek during a game last week.
According to GQ's Nathaniel Friedman, the Sixers were planning on wearing black armbands to support Meek, but the decision was nixed by upper management.
"The Sixers were supposed to wear a black band on their jerseys for Meek Mill but the league office threatened to fine them, per reports," Friedman revealed in a Tweet.
Noted hip-hop activists like Russell Simmons and sports figures like Colin Kaepernick have questioned the fairness of the justice system, while a petition to free the rapper has over 300,000 signatures.
The outcry for support for Meek, which included a rally in downtown Philadelphia on November 13, started after the judge imposed the sentence over a series of minor infractions Meek committed, while he was on probation for a 2008 drug and gun case.
In related news, Meek Mill's lawyer Joseph Tacopina just filed a motion to have Judge Genece Brinkley removed from Meek's case, especially since she's being investigated by the FBI.
Investigators are seeking to determine if Judge Brinkley had an interest in steering Meek away from Roc Nation, in favor of a management deal with local music business veteran, Charlie Mack.