MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 03: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft at the Fanatics Super Bowl Party on February 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Fanatics)
10:51 AM 04/11/2018
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is convinced that we need criminal justice reform after visiting rapper Meek Mill in a Pennsylvania prison.
Countless celebrities and athletes have voiced their support for the Philly-born rapper, who is serving a two-to-four year sentence for a probation violation. The Philadelphia Eagles often called for his release during their playoff run on through to their Super Bowl victory. Now Kraft and Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, who visited him on Tuesday, seem to be in his corner as well, USA Today reports.
“Amazing young man. I know how Id feel if I was in the situation he is,” Kraft said outside the state prison in Chester City. “Every time I see him, I just come away more impressed. Hes very intelligent. And makes it clear to me we have to do something with criminal justice reform.”
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“Its just sad,” Kraft added. “This guy is a great guy and shouldnt be here.”
Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, was arrested in 2007 on drug and weapons charges, according to USA Today. He was granted parole in 2009, but violated the terms by testing positive for drugs.
In November of 2017 he received a two-to-four year sentence, which is commonplace for his parole violations. However, the rappers attorneys argue that the judges decision not to grant his release on bail is a “vindictive and erroneous decision.”
The rappers lawyer claims that the judge who passed the sentence demanded Meek Mill re-record the Boyz II Men song “On Bended Knee” as a “tribute to her” and asked him to switch management companies, according to Rolling Stone magazine. The rappers representation argued to have her removed from the case due to “unusual personal interest.”