Meek Mill released from prison on bail, takes helicopter straight to Sixers game

Rapper Meek Mill was released from prison on bail Tuesday after a ruling from Pennsylvania’s highest court, according to NBC10 in Philadelphia. In a highly dramatic scene, the rapper was driven from the state prison in Chester, Penn. on Tuesday evening directly to a nearby parking lot, where he and his friend, Philadelphia Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin, boarded a helicopter and flew to the nearby Wells Fargo Arena to attend the team’s fifth game of the NBA playoffs.

“I feel great,” Mill told an NBC10 reporter as he entered the arena.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered his release Tuesday after a controversial ruling in November in which the rapper was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison for violating his probation.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Rappers Rick Ross (L) and Meek Mill perform onstage during TIDAL X: 1020 Amplified by HTC at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for TIDAL)
Meek Mill performs during the 2015 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California, June 28, 2015. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian
Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill perform during the 2015 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California, June 28, 2015. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian
Rappers Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill arrive at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, U.S., August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Nov 5, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Musical recording artist Nicki Minaj (L) and Meek Mill (R) during the second half of a game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Wells Fargo Center. The Cleveland Cavaliers won 102-101. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Meek Mill, Pill and Wale of Maybach Music Group visits BET's '106 & Park' at 106 & Park Studio on April 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
(L-R) Pill, Rick Ross, Wale, DJ Kast One and Meek Mill visits BET's '106 & Park' at 106 & Park Studio on April 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Producer Jhlilp and rapper Meek Mill attend an after party following the 'Home & Home' concert at the 40 / 40 Club on September 13, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: Rapper Meek Mill attends Webster Hall on August 11, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
CAMDEN, NJ - JULY 29: Rick Ross and Meek Mill performs during the I Am Still Music tour at Susquehanna Bank Center on July 29, 2011 in Camden, New Jersey. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/FilmMagic)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 11: Meek Mill attends The 2011 MTV2 Sucker Free Awards at Fountainbleau Miami Beach on November 11, 2011 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Vallery Jean/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Meek Mill performs at the Best Buy Theatre on December 19, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Meek Mill performs at the Best Buy Theatre on December 19, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Cory Schwartz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Recording artist Meek Mill visits BET's '106 & Party' at BET Studios on December 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY: Rapper Meek Mill performs at THe Manhattan Center on February 29, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images).
CONCORD, CA - MAY 07: Rapper/Hip-Hop Vocalist Meek Mill aka. Robert Williams performs at Sleep Train Pavilion on May 7, 2012 in Concord, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)
SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 01: Meek Mill performs as part of The Maybach Music Group Tour at Sleep Train Arena on December 1, 2012 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Recording artist Meek Mill and DJ Khaled visit 106 & Park at 106 & Park studio on October 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: (L-R) Meek Mill and Stephen Hill attend the Revolt launch party at Slate on October 21, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30: Meek Mill attends the BET Hip Hop Awards 2013 - Afterparty at Prive on September 30, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 28: Meek Mill performs during the BET Hip Hop Awards 2013 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on September 28, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Justin Bieber, French Montana and Meek Mill attend Meek Mill Official Grammy Party on February 8, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 07: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Adam Petrick, Global Brand & Marketing Director for PUMA, and recording artist Meek Mill attend Roc Nation and Three Six Zero Pre-GRAMMY Brunch 2015 at Private Residence on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for PUMA)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) French Montana, Meek Mill, Khloe Kardashian and Chinx Drugz attend Meek Mill Official Grammy Party on February 8, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 02: Meek Mill talks on stage at CRWN A Conversation With Elliott Wilson & Meek Mill event at Gramercy Theatre on July 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for WatchLOUD.com)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: Meek Mill attends his pop up store exerience at 25 Mercer Street on June 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill attend the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 23: Hip-hop artist Meek Mill is seen arriving at a Teen Shelter on December 23, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 05: Recording artist Meek Mill performs at Drai's Beach Club - Nightclub at The Cromwell Las Vegas on September 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 18: Meek Mill Attends the Gucci Mane 'Woptober' Album Release Party at Gold Room on October 18, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 23: Rick Ross, Meek Mill and 21 Savage attend Rick Ross Birthday Bash at XS Lounge on January 23, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 22: Meek Mill and Alex Gidewon attend a Party at compound Nightclub on January 22, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo By Prince Williams/Wireimage)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 25: Meek Mill performs during V-103 Live Pop Up Concert at Philips Arena on March 25, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
CLARKSTON, MI - JULY 31: Rapper Meek Mill performs at DTE Energy Center during The Pinkprint Tour on July 31, 2015 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
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“We are thrilled that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has directed Judge Brinkley to immediately issue an order releasing Meek on bail,” lawyer Joe Tacopina said in a statement. “As we have said all along, Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail.”

In the decision, the court questioned cited the credibility of Mill’s arresting officer, Reginald Graham, who was since been included in a list of possibly corrupt Philadelphia police officers.

Meek’s case rallied multiple celebrities, with Rev. Al Sharpton, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and even Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney all visiting the rapper in prison. Jay-Z wrote an op-ed in the New York Times last November in which he said, ““What’s happening to Meek Mill is just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day.”

After Mill’s release, he issued a new statement saying: “Today, Meek Mill, a son of Philadelphia, is a free man. He was incarcerated unjustly and caught in a probation trap for years by a broken system. Now we can celebrate his release. We thank every individual that has supported and fought alongside Meek every step of the way”
In November, Meek Mill’s bail request was denied by Judge Genece Brinkley, who said he is a “flight risk” and a “danger to the community,” according to court documents obtained by TMZ.

Brinkley also questioned the accuracy of the rapper’s clean drug tests, claiming that he may have used a substance called “Fast Flush” to clean out his system.
Brinkley sentenced Mill (born Robert Rihmeek Williams) to 2 to 4 years prison on Nov. 6, citing a failed drug test and unapproved travel, stemming from a 2008 gun and drug case. She said she had given him multiple chances but he hadn’t complied. According to evidence from probation officers, the musician tested positive for narcotics numerous times. The sentence was unexpected as prosecutors recommended Mill not be imprisoned for the probation violations, mentioning he’s been drug-free since January and has complied with most requirements of probation.

Mill was arrested in March at St. Louis International Airport and charged with misdemeanor assault after an altercation with two airport employees. In August, he was stopped for reckless endangerment while driving his motorcycle in New York City. Both cases were dropped after he agreed to fulfill community service requirements.

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