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76ers feel Meek Mill's absence in Toronto

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TORONTO -- The Philadelphia 76ers didn't have one of their most prominent fans in the stands when they opened up the second round of the playoffs on the road against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night, 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.

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Judge Genece Brinkley - I know you have a vendetta against Meek Mill and are obsessed with trying to control every aspect of his life, but did you really NOT approve him to go to rep the sixers in Toronto for the game? Do you also hate PHILLY? As soon as the schedule came out, Meek asked probation for approval- they immediately approved! (YES FOR EVERYONE WHO DOESN'T UNDERSTAND, MEEK MUST STILL GET THE JUDGES APPROVAL PERSONALLY EVERYTIME HE LEAVES PA SINCE HE'S STILL ON PROBATION 12 YEARS LATER FOR A CRIME HE DIDN'T COMMIT) We filed w/your court as soon as the schedule came out since you need to approve travel to Canada! Since you didn't respond to numerous phone calls and emails we even sent a lawyer to the courthouse today!! AND MOST IMPORTANTLY IF THIS HAPPENS TO MEEK, WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENS TO THE AVG PERSON(WHO CANT AFFORD GREAT LAWYERS ETC)ON PROBATION??

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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.