April 24, 2018
Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill was released from prison in Chester County on Tuesday, marking the end of a lengthy legal battle that became a symbol of the criminal justice reform movement in the United States.
The timing couldn't have been better if it had been scripted. The rapper's release came just as the Philadelphia 76ers were preparing to take on the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their first-round series, with a chance close out and advance to the next round.
The Sixers, led by co-owner Michael Rubin, invited Meek Mill to ring the bell during the pre-game ceremonies. He was joined by comedian and fellow Philly native Kevin Hart.
Meek Mill ringing the bell! pic.twitter.com/ge92rM1sD1— The Bitter Birds (@AdrianFedkiw) April 25, 2018
Ben Simmons and Embiid hugging Meek before tip pic.twitter.com/kugR8KgWKl— Drew Corrigan (@Dcorrigan50) April 25, 2018
Supporters of Meek Mill chimed in on Twitter to celebrate his homecoming.
Welcome back home brother Meek Mill. God bless you and all those who stood by you through the entire ordeal.— Ephraim Omosehin (@EphraimOmosehin) April 25, 2018
Meek Mill is FREE and heading to Sixers-Heat Game 5! pic.twitter.com/QkRFWHxlDk— 12up (@12upSport) April 24, 2018
The Sixers freed Meek Mill. What has your city’s basketball team done today?— Matt Mullin (@matt_mullin) April 25, 2018
If Meek Mill is at the Sixers game tonight sitting next to Iverson...the Sixers are winning the next four NBA championships.— Jacoby (@djacoby) April 24, 2018