“Robert Kraft visits Meek Mill in prison” might sound like the premise of a scene at an improv comedy show, but according to NBC Philadelphia, it’s a real, actual thing that really, actually happened. On Tuesday, the New England Patriots owner traveled to Pennsylvania to visit the incarcerated rapper to offer his words of support while the Philly native fights for his freedom after being sentenced to two years for a probation violation.
If you’re not familiar with the #FreeMeekMill movement, The New York Times has a pretty good explanation of the situation, but I’ll do my best to sum it up if you don’t feel like reading something that fancy. The rapper has been on parole or probation since an incident 12 years ago, and he served time for a gun and drug charges before being released in 2009. He’s been taken into custody a few times for various violations and was sentenced to two to four years in prison last year for his most recent infraction.
However, the judge responsible for handing out his punishment (and ignoring the advice of the DA’s office) reportedly asked him to cover a Boyz II Men song incorporating her name and lobbied to get him to leave Roc Nation to sign with a friend of hers. It would be stupid if it wasn’t so serious.
Kraft— who visited Meek with entrepreneur Michael Rubin—shared his motivations for making the trip, saying:
“Amazing young man. I know how I’d feel if I was in the situation he is. Every time I see him, I just come away more impressed. He’s very intelligent. And makes it clear to me we have to do something with criminal justice reform.”
I for one cannot wait for Kraft to rock a “Free Meek” t-shirt in the owner’s box next season.