Last week, I wrote that Joshua Harris should throw his significant BILLIONAIRE weight around and see if he can pull some strings to get Sixers superfan Meek Mill’s sentenced reduced or commuted, because we would not stand for a rogue judge impacting our courtside celeb game just as things are HEATING UP.
I was kidding (I think?), but that is exactly what happened when Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin – founder of GSI Commerce and currently CEO of Kynetic, who is worth $2.9 billion and just 94 spots behind Joshua Harris on Forbes’ real-time billionaires list – wrote a letter to the judge.
SI.com obtained the letter. You can read the whole thing here, but here’s the salient part:
I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU’D READ ANY OTHER SITE!
That letter is but just a small part in the all-out campaign to free Meek Mill, who is currently in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT for technical parole violations stemming from a 2008 drug and weapons charge.
Last night, the Sixers were reportedly banned from wearing black bands in support of Meek:
The Sixers were supposed to wear a black band on their jerseys for Meek Mill but the league office threatened to fine them, per reports.
— Nathaniel Friedman (@freedarko) November 14, 2017
And people took to the streets to campaign on Meek’s behalf. That includes Rubin, Dr. J, and Rick Ross:
Rick Ross in Philly protesting the sentencing of Meek Mill http://pic.twitter.com/v7EW7oAsVw
— DJ Akademiks (@IamAkademiks) November 13, 2017
We’re on some real fucking shit here. Rick Ross reading his speech off an iPhone in support of Meek is just downright fucking fantastic.
Today, more pleas:
— Kristen Johanson (@KristenJohanson) November 14, 2017
But that’s before we get to the best part of this, which comes to us courtesy of the New York Post, which reports that the FBI has been investigating the judge who sentenced Meek for her relationship with Charlie Mack, a Philly based producer, and for potential extortion to get Meek to sign with him.
Meek’s attorney Joe Tacopina has publicly claimed Brinkley showed “enormous bias” against the star and acted “inappropriately” by repeatedly asking the rapper to drop his current management, Roc Nation, and sign with Philly music figure Charlie Mack, whom Meek worked with early in his career.
A source told us of the FBI interest in the case, “The feds have an interest in the judge and [her] potential relationships. This is an investigation looking into a possible extortionate demand. Undercover agents have been in the courtroom monitoring the Meek proceedings since April 2016.”
Brinkley also is said to have asked Meek — in her private chambers in front of Meek’s then-girlfriend Nicki Minaj — to record a Boyz II Men song and give a positive shoutout to Brinkley in the lyrics. Mack manages the R&B group.
Holy shit this thing is so Philly it hurts. Meek, the Sixers, Eagles, a corrupt judge, and now Boys II Fucking Men.
A quick search for Charlie Mack turns up that he used to be Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff’s bodyguard. Plot twist, M Night.* Smith, WHO WAS THE BEST MAN AT MACK’S WEDDING, is also a Sixers co-owner.
*He’s the only one with something to lose here. With Meek being sentenced to 2-4 years in jail M Night instantly moved up into the number one spot in the Sixers courtside rankings. But if Meek comes back after receiving the help of, like, the entire city and literally one of the team’s owners, he locks up that number one spot for a decade. He’ll owe a life debt to Rubin and the team. He may have to perform free concerts at halftime 4 life. Poor M Night.
So let’s just reset the table here: One Sixers co-owner is pleading with a judge to reduce the sentence of his friend and team supporter while the FBI investigates the same judge for her ties to another co-owner’s best friend, who may be behind the whole damn thing! The only way this could get more Philly is if the rest of the NFL-leading Eagles turned out in support of the rapper as well:
— Aaron Kasinitz (@AaronKazreports) November 13, 2017
CHEESESTEAKS FOR EVERYONE!
I am so in on this story it’s not even funny. Meek’s legend grows. He may be Jack, Spike and that weird guy with the coat and cowboy hat rolled into one. We need him courtside Saturday against the Warriors. Steph has no chance in the gravity of these sort of power brokers. In fact, I want Harris, Rubin, Blitzer, Smith, Meek, the judge, Mack, and even Lil Dicky just for shits and giggles, all seated together courtside. Throw in the old guy with the white hair and… the other old guy with the white hair who is the lawyer in the Penn State frat thing, and it’ll be a big Philly party. Here they come.