After a 2016 concert, Meek Mill’s name was thrown into headlines behind the slaying of two male concertgoers. Around midnight, shortly after the December concert ended, authorities received a call reporting that someone had been shot in the leg. When the police arrived outside of the Oakdale Theatre in Connecticut, where Meek performed, they found four victims. Two men were shot, receiving non-life threatening injuries, while two others died. The victims were taken to a local hospital, but they were declared dead upon arrival.
Though authorities never linked the violence to Meek Mill himself — and though the incident reportedly happened as the Philly rapper was leaving the venue — the family of one of the victims is suing the rapper and his label, Roc Nation. According to the lawsuit filed by Jaquan Graves’ family, Meek and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation “allowed thugs to remain on the premises, after exhibiting disorderly, disruptive, argumentative, angry and/or agitated behavior toward patrons.”
The family of the second victim has persued a lawsuit as well, though details of it have yet to be released.
Fighting the System
Aside from a wrongful death suit, Meek Mill is still fighting against his lengthy prison sentence. The rapper began his two-to-four year sentence — which was handed down for violating his probation — in November (about three weeks ago as of publication on Nov. 30), but his lawyer is working vehemently to get the decision appealed.
During an interview with Billboard, Mill’s attorney Joe Tacopina voiced several reasons that Mill’s sentence was unjust. He also called Judge Genice Brinkley’s motives for the heavy sentence into question. “It’s an infatuation,” Tacopina told Billboard.
“When a judge says to someone can you re-record a song, mention my name and do a shout-out to me about how I [saved] up your life and he says no? Great, now what kind of position is he in?” he continued. The lawyer was referencing Brinkley asking Meek Mill to recreate Boyz II Men’s 1994 hit “On Bended Knee” (which is a well-known love song, by the way).
Besides the fact that Judge Brinkley showed up to Meek Mill’s community service sites — which Tacopina says a judge has never been known to do — Tacopina also raged against Brinkley for trying to discuss Meek’s management with him:
“When she requests he leaves his current management Roc Nation — which is one of the most important management companies in the world — and goes back to a local Philadelphia guy who has a spotted past because she had a personal relationship with him as manager. She’s doing something that a judge would never be doing, having a personal interest.”
Conversations with Colin
Meek has been extremely quiet throughout this ordeal. The most he has offered is a short Instagram caption, posted just after news of his sentence hit the internet. “We go to war for our freedom,” he said alongside a picture of himself sitting alone. “They say we equal …. i used to wanna play i like Randall and be a Eagle …. i used to play the quarterback my homie would go receiver … that was until the football got flattened by a dope needle … on the pavement.”
He has yet to face the press directly or release a statement relating to his case, but he did send a message through Colin Kaepernick. The football quarterback, who has a very personal stake in the injustices toward African Americans, took to Twitter to let everyone know that the “Wins & Losses” rapper was still holding his head high.
“Spoke to Meek Mill & he wanted ppl to know regardless of his unjust situation, he’s in good spirits & humbled by the support the people have shown him,” Colin tweeted.
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