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[TMZ] Harden visits Meek Mill in Prison ... to wear "Free Meek" shoes

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by heypartner, Dec 27, 2017.

  1. heypartner

    heypartner Contributing Member

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    Mods, move to D&D at will, but I guess since Harden will wear those shoes (in Boston?), a thread will be created here at some point.

    (in a nutshell, Mill is facing 2-4yrs in prison for minor charge leading to breaking probation from 2008. For more on background, go here).

    imo, nice gesture of support to visit him in prison.

    JAMES HARDEN
    VISITS MEEK MILL IN PRISON
    'His Spirit is High'


    12/27/2017 6:06 AM PST

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    Add James Harden to the list of NBA players showing support for Meek Mill ... 'cause the Houston Rockets superstar visited the rapper in prison on Tuesday and says "his spirit is high."​

    Harden took some time in-between games to visit Meek at the State Correctional Institution in Chester, PA and reported back on social media.

    "Got a chance to see my bro Meek Mill today. His spirit is high and hopefully we can get him out by February," Harden wrote.

    "Told me to tell y'all when he get out he got some (fire) for y'all."


    Sources connected to Meek tell TMZ Sports ... the NBA star had some special "Free Meek" sneakers whipped up and plans to rock them on the court on Thursday when the Rockets play the Celtics.

    As we previously reported, Joel Embiid and 76ers owner Michael Rubin visited Meek last month and said he was doing well. Colin Kaepernick also spoke with Meek and said Meek was "humbled" by the support.​
     
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  2. DreamShook

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    Harden doesn't show much support for anything. Or he doesn't like to speak on a lot of things. He must feel strongly about this to put it on his sneakers.
     
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  3. SirIvyLeague

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    Agreed he usually stays out. I disagree with James; Meek needs to stay locked up.

    SIL
     
  4. rocketseagles07

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    The reason why meek originally got in the situation is his fault, but the reason he keeps going back speaks to how f***** up the system is.

    Anyways dope move from James
     
  5. RESINator

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    Sounds like a stupid thug who couldn't follow the rules. Smh.
     
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  6. Mr. Clutch

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    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/c...n-probation-violation-20171106.html?mobi=true


    Meek Mill sentenced to 2 to 4 years in state prison

    Updated: NOVEMBER 7, 2017 — 4:04 PM EST

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    A Philadelphia judge on Monday sentenced the rapper Meek Mill to two to four years in prison for again violating his probation from a 2008 drug and gun case, putting his career on hold for at least the next two years.


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    The 30-year-old, Philadelphia-born Mill seemed stunned at the sentence from Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley, as were the dozen or so supporters who gasped at her decision.

    “I gave you break after break, and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court,” Brinkley told Mill. She said Mill’s sentence would be served in state prison, where he would be eligible for state parole supervision after two years.

    “Then I’ll be done with you,” Brinkley added.

    The judge ordered Mill immediately taken into custody, and he quickly started removing his gold watch and other personal items and handing them to his lawyer, Brian J. McMonagle, before sheriff’s deputies escorted him from the courtroom.

    McMonagle, who earlier this year represented Bill Cosby in his sexual assault trial, declined to comment on the hearing or Brinkley’s decision. When asked whether he would appeal the sentence, he shot back: “You’re godd—ed right I am.”

    Before he was sentenced, Mill addressed the judge for 40 minutes, pleading for mercy and insisting that his “technical probation violations” were mistakes and not disrespect.

    “I’m human. I’m not perfect,” Mill told Brinkley. “I’m asking for mercy. You gave me the ladder to do what I have to do to prevail in my struggle. I made it this far, I can’t really go back and start over.”

    Brinkley, 61, a city judge since 1993, has overseen Mill’s case since the beginning, dealing with the rapper using a mix of exasperation and encouragement, memorably ordering him to take etiquette lessons in 2013 after he complained about the judge, prosecutor and probation officer in less-than-flattering street slang in internet posts, so he would know how to act in public and online.

    On Monday, however, Brinkley had clearly had enough. Mill was twice arrested this year and went into treatment for addiction to the prescription narcotic Percocet. She also cited him and his managers for repeatedly scheduling concerts after her Aug. 17 order barring performances outside of Philadelphia or Montgomery County.

    One such performance was set for Nov. 4 at Syracuse University in New York, then was canceled 1½ weeks before. Disappointed students mounted a phone and email campaign to try to persuade Brinkley to allow Mill to perform.

    Brinkley also recounted visiting Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia after she ordered Mill to feed the homeless at the church as community service. She said she visited one night and found him not feeding the homeless, but sorting clothing.

    “It was only when you realized that I came there to check on you that you decided to serve meals,” Brinkley said.

    Monday’s hearing was the first before Brinkley where neither the city prosecutor nor Mill’s probation officer recommended jail time.

    Born in South Philadelphia, Mill grew up around North Philly; his father was murdered when he was 5. He’s infused his music with his experiences growing up in a poor, single-parent home. His career took off after his 2009 release from prison.

    His third album, Wins and Losses, climbed quickly to No. 3 on Billboard’s albums chart after its release this summer. Its 2015 predecessor, Dreams Worth More Than Money, entered the charts at No. 1. Almost as much attention has been given to his two-year romance with the singer-songwriter Nicki Minaj, which ended this year.

    In October, Mill pleaded guilty in Manhattan to reckless driving charges after he was arrested for doing wheelies and other stunts on a dirt bike on city streets and then posting video of his performance online.

    He was also arrested in March for fighting at a St. Louis airport — although those charges were dropped after he agreed to perform community service for the Veterans Association in Philadelphia.

    On Monday, McMonagle argued that both incidents were part of the hazards faced by celebrities. The St. Louis incident, McMonagle said, was precipitated by an airport worker who was miffed because Mill would not pose for a picture. That worker was later fired and is being criminally prosecuted, McMonagle said.

    The Manhattan incident was a stunt that someone else captured on video and posted online. In both cases, McMonagle told the judge, authorities downgraded the charges and allowed Mill to enter a pretrial diversion program with community service.

    McMonagle outlined Mill’s childhood, his father murdered in South Philadelphia, being raised by a working mother and lured by the street life.

    “He wasn’t supposed to be here,” McMonagle said, adding that Mill has become a good father and the financial support of his mother, sister and other relatives as well as those who work for him.

    The Philadelphia case against Robert Williams dates to 2008, when Williams was 19 and before his incarnation as Meek Mill.

    It was a routine drug and gun matter and he was convicted, served eight months in prison, and began five years’ probation in the fall of 2009.

    Since then, Mill’s problems following the rules that apply to all probationers – reporting to a probation officer and getting prior approval for out-of-town travel – have earned him an additional five months in prison in 2013 and extended his probation for nearly a decade.

    The last time Mill was before Brinkley was in February 2016, for violating his probation for the fourth time in eight years. Brinkley put Mill, who was accompanied by Minaj, on 90 days of house arrest and ordered him to wear an electronic monitoring anklet
     
  7. FLASH21

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    So you're telling me that you believe this guy would be dumb enough to not just once, not twice, not three, but FOUR times travel out of the country without notifying his PO just before his parole is completed?

    Sounds like a certain PO has a hard on for keeping Meek Mills in the system.
     
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    yo let’s all stick to sports about this subject bcuz I’ve already seen some post that just ain’t right.
     
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  9. SirIvyLeague

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    Ya stick to sports yourself brah.

    SIL
     
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    He already served jail time for the leaving the country ish. He's back in now because he was involved in a fight, which he was actually breaking up and the police agreed he wasn't in the wrong after reviewing the tape. Also, he was an idiot and got stopped for riding n a dirt bike where he shouldn't have been.

    Again it's his fault for being in the situation, should he be serving 2-4 for those two things.. absolutely not. Which shows the fault in the system. But when you live in a country where prison=profit the system isn't setup for you to get out and do better
     
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    AND THIS IS WHY THIS SYSTEM IS A JOKE.
    A damn travesty, Meek was earning his name again amongst raps greats. Whatever you may think of him , he has some of the realest stuff out there. Dope move be Harden.
     
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    Lil B should sacrifice his freedom and voluntarily take Mill's place in jail. Harden should wear a "Free Meek" right shoe and "Imprison Lil B" left shoe.
     
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  14. SirIvyLeague

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    Or if you live in a country where precedent matters more in reputation than act, you need to behave more conservatively. His video after the early court case is an example he shouldn't try to set. He's an idiot for doing that.

    If he's really in prison for breaking up a fight, that shouldn't happen. I just don't believe that.

    SIL
     
  15. DonKnock

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    And what are some of the legal precedents in this country?

    - 3/5ths Compromise
    - Fugitive Slave Laws
    - Jim Crow Laws
    - Three Strikes Policy

    In actually studying United States caselaw there’s not much precedent that would lead to the conclusion that the justice system works the same for Meek Mill as it would for Chumlee of Pawn Stars for example, who also got caught with drugs and guns yet faced no jail time.

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    https://www.usatoday.com/story/life...rs-wont-see-jail-guns-drugs-charges/84802182/
     
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    well that and he was doing stunts in a the middle of of NYC with a dirt bike.. he was charged with reckless driving for that.

    honestly, I don't even feel bad for him. He was given plenty of chances and the judge seems to be babysitting him. He's a grown adult, time to take some responsibilities for his actions. All he had to do was follow some simple terms, and it all would have blown over, but no, I gotta do wheelies in Mahattan with a dirtbike and film it.
     
  17. sammy

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    The judge in the case has not acted professionally. Wanted a shout out in a song.

    Not sure why you’re adamant about this when you really seek clueless about the case
     
  18. RocketsFido

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    Young thugs in this country needs to know that old judges from another generation don't give two ****s about your bullshit.
     
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  19. SirIvyLeague

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    Well he should then.

    Looks like @Mathrocker

    SIL
    Oh sorry, I'm not a meek Mill groupie and don't follow the case more than I care about my own life. Bottom line is, did he commit a crime? Has he committed one before? Are any crimes the same in nature? Did he violate any specific mandate given to him based off a previous crime?

    SIL
     
  20. True Rocket

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    Free Meek

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