76ers co-owner arranged for Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons to visit Meek Mill in prison

The plight of Meek Mill has turned him into a talisman of sorts for Philadelphia sports franchises. The Philadelphia Eagles used Meek’s “Dreams and Nightmares” track as their pregame Super Bowl introductions. In December, Joel Embiid visited Meek Mill in a Pennsylvania prison. This week, Philadelphia 76ers rookies Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons also joined the star-studded list of Meek’s visitors, according to TMZ Sports.

Reportedly, 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin organized the visit for the 76ers rookies, in the hopes that Meek could motivate the pair. Rubin met Meek five years ago during All-Star Weekend, bonded with him further while he was awaiting his sentence for a parole violation and was restricted from leaving the city. Since then, Rubin has been a staunch supporter of Meek’s attempt to get his 2-4 year sentence reversed.

Meek’s words of wisdom are probably not going to have much of a long-term success. The 76ers have already qualified for the postseason, however, they could use all the help they can get after a facial fracture put Joel Embiid’s availability for the first round of the NBA playoffs in peril.

Meek, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, is currently battling to be released on bail while his appeals his probation violation sentence.

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