Meek Mill said a prayer after learned he had been freed on bail while watching the news in his jail cell on Tuesday, and told Page Six, “I’m in a daze, its unbelievable.”
The rapper spoke exclusively to Page Six as he raced to the Philadelphia 76ers playoff game in a car after his close friend, 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, personally picked him up at the jail and flew him on his personal helicopter into Philly to head to the arena.
In his first interview since being freed on bail, Meek said, “I am still dazed, I’m in a daze, this is great, and unbelievable.
“I always had confidence it was going this way, but I didn’t know when it would happen and I’d be free. It looked like it was going to take months more.”
Meek was been permitted specific visiting times and phone calls by officials at the jail in Chester, and the Supreme Court notified his legal team of his bail outside of these permitted hours on Tuesday.
Meek said of the moment he learned of his freedom, “I was in my cell and I was watching the news, and they said I’m free. I immediately said a quick prayer, and got ready to go.”
He added that he still had work to do to get his original conviction overturned, given that it was based on the evidence of an alleged corrupt cop, and shine a light on others trapped in a failing criminal justice system.
But for tonight, he was ready to celebrate at the 76ers game. “We are on to see the Sixers game, and its going to be a big night for Philly. The team is going to advance, and I came home.”
He said his greatest joy will be to be reunited with his six-year-old son Papi who he has barely seen during his five months in jail, because he didn’t want him to see his dad in jail. Papi had been seen at a previous rally holding up a sketch of his father that read “Free Meek Mill” and adorably told a reporter, “I miss my dad very much.”
Meek explained, “I am going to watch the game with my son and my family tonight. I can’t wait to see my son, its his birthday on May 13 and he had been asking how we were going to celebrate. When I was in jail I couldn’t give him an answer, I didn’t know what to say to him, but now I’m going to be spending all this time with him.”
Meek added he also wanted to take the time to thank all the supporters, fans and friends who have campaigned for his release, and promised to fight to change the criminal justice system that keeps innocent people in jail, and help others in his situation that do not have the same resources to fight for their freedom.
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