Hours after his release from prison on Tuesday, rapper Meek Mill told Page Six that he feels like he's "in a daze."
“I always had confidence it was going this way, but I didn’t know when it would happen and I’d be free,” the rapper told the outlet ahead of attending the Philadelphia 76ers' playoff game. “It looked like it was going to take months more.”
ESPN reports that Mill entered the arena about 45 minutes before tipoff and rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell before tipoff of Game 5. He also received a thunderous ovation from the Wells Fargo Center crowd.
“We brought him in the locker room. It was like this mass happiness, hysteria," 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin said after the team's series-clinching 104-91 win over the Miami Heat. "The city's so excited to have him. The team's so excited."
Mill was released after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that there were "credibility issues" with the police officer who originally arrested him back in 2007 on gun and drug charges.
The rapper was recently sentenced to two to four years for a parole violation, a punishment several high-profile critics assailed as ludicrously harsh.
I’d like to thank God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including Jay Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time. While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive. To the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice – not only for my case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct. Although I’m blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career.