Rapper Meek Mill, left, missed Game 1 of the much-anticipated Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers NBA playoffs series in Toronto on Saturday. Toronto won the round 2 opening game 108-95 at Scotiabank Arena. But the Philly native wasn't in attendance because Judge Genece Brinkley, center, refused to give him permission to travel to Toronto.
Drake, pictured above and top right, took to Instagram to express his disappointment, stating it was important to allow Meek to travel to Toronto for Game 1.
"They gotta let Meek into the city," wrote Drake, who is the Raptors' global ambassador. "It's only right... we got a classic series on our hands."
The judge tossed Meek in prison in 2017 for violating his parole stemming from a 2008 weapons possession conviction. Judge Brinkley revoked Meek's parole and sentenced him to serve 2-4 years.
But Meek's celebrity friends rallied public and private sector support for the troubled rapper who was released in 2018 by a Pennsylvania appeals court. Since his release, Meek has attended Sixers games at home and on the road.
Although Meek attended the Golden State Warriors vs L.A. Clippers series on the West Coast last week, he couldn't travel to Toronto to cheer on his favorite team.
Judge Brinkley previously authorized the rapper to travel out of the country to perform concerts in the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.
Sixers owner Michael Rubin wrote a scathing rebuke of the judge on Instagram.com, accusing Brinkley of being "obsessed" with the rapper and "trying to control every aspect of his life."
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Judge Genece Brinkley - I know you have a vendetta against Meek Mill and are obsessed with trying to control every aspect of his life, but did you really NOT approve him to go to rep the sixers in Toronto for the game? As soon as the schedule came out, Meek asked probation for approval- they immediately approved! (FOR EVERYONE WHO DOESN’T UNDERSTAND, MEEK MUST STILL GET THE JUDGES APPROVAL PERSONALLY EVERYTIME HE LEAVES PA SINCE HE’S STILL ON PROBATION 12 YEARS LATER FOR A CRIME HE DIDN’T COMMIT) We filed w/your court as soon as the schedule came out since you need to approve travel to Canada! Since you didn’t respond to numerous phone calls and emails we even sent a lawyer to the courthouse today!! AND MOST IMPORTANTLY IF THIS HAPPENS TO MEEK, WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENS TO THE AVG PERSON(WHO CANT AFFORD GREAT LAWYERS ETC)ON PROBATION??
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