Celebrities are defending Meek Mill after a judge sentenced the rapper to two to four years behind bars for violation of probation in a gun and drug case from 2008.
On Monday, Judge Genece Brinkley made the call after citing a failed drug test and failure to comply with a court order restricting the rapper’s travel.
The punishment seems a bit extreme and many people are suggesting it doesn’t fit the crime. Kevin Hart wrote on Instagram, “Praying for my brother @meekmill right now. God sometimes puts the toughest battles on his strongest soldiers. I’m here for you man!!!! My brother for life…Always here for you man!!! This storm will pass…Stay strong & keep your head up.”
Jay Z even chimed in, calling the sentence “unjust and heavy-handed.”
In a lengthy Facebook message, the New York rapper wrote: “The sentence handed down by the Judge — against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer — is unjust and heavy handed. We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career.”
Rapper Nipsey Hussle wrote on Twitter, “To be yung Blac and successful YOU ENEMY NUMBER 1. HOLD YO HEAD @MeekMill streets chose u.”
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith wrote, “More proof that our criminal justice system is a joke. Throwing folks in jail for 2-4 years for misdemeanor violations is just a waste of money….too long.”
According to reports, Brinkley’s harsh ruling might stem from a personal vendetta against the rapper. Apparently, during a hearing last year, she suggested Meek do a remake of Boyz II Men’s, “On Bended Knee” and to give her a shout-out.
“I’m not kidding,” she reportedly said. But when Meek refused to do it and in response, Brikley said, “Okay, suit yourself.” Meek’s lawyer now thinks the sentencing was because the song refusal.