76ers will feel Meek Mill’s absence in Toronto

TORONTO — The Philadelphia 76ers won’t have one of their most prominent fans in the stands when they open up the second round of the playoffs on the road against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, and Sixers limited partner Michael Rubin is not happy about it.

Meek Mill, the popular Philadelphia-native rapper and songwriter whose “Dreams and Nightmares” became the anthem for the 2018 Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, did not receive approval on a request to travel to Toronto from the judge in charge of his probation, according to Rubin.

Rubin posted about his disappointment in the decision on his Instagram account Friday, calling out Judge Genece Brinkley by name.

Fellow recording artist Drake, the Raptors’ global ambassador who often can be seen sitting courtside at Scotiabank Arena, also took to social media to voice his support for Meek Mill.

Almost a year ago to the day, Meek Mill was released from prison after serving nearly five months for violating probation on a 2008 gun and drug case and immediately made his way to a Sixers playoff game to see Philadelphia eliminate the Miami Heat from the first round at the Wells Fargo Center.

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