Lamar Jackson is trying to help a friend.
On Tuesday, Jan. 5, the Baltimore quarterback Tweeted at Donald Trump and asked the president to commute the sentence of rapper Kodak Black.
“Hey @realDonaldTrump @potus my friend @KodakBlack1k deserves to be commuted. The system punished him way to (sic) hard for a paperwork crime #freekodak,” Jackson wrote.
According to The New York Times, Kodak Black was sentenced to 46 months in prison during November 2019. He was found guilty of lying on forms used for background checks in the purchase of guns. Consequently, he could have spent up to 10 years in prison for the crime. He pleaded guilty in August 2019 to the charges.
This wasn’t the first time the Grammy-nominated Kodak Black has faced charges. In 2018 he was arrested for allegedly violating his probation, according to The New York Times. Additionally, Black was indicted on criminal sexual conduct charges in South Carolina during 2016.
Kodak Black Asks for Pardon, Early Release
Recently, Kodak Black recently reached out to President Trump for a pardon. He has promised to donate $1 million to charity in his first year out of jail. In addition, Black asked federal prosecutors to reduce his sentence. Lamar Jackson has joined the rapper in also asking for a pardon.
Kodak Black requested that prosectors lessen his sentence in a handwritten motion. In it, he argues that because he accepts the mistakes he has made he should be considered for compassionate release. “With all due deference, I come in truth,” he wrote. “I acknowledge my mistakes and I take full responsibility for my actions. … I am salvageble (sic) and I have the ability and potential to live a prosperous and positive life.”
The motion was denied based on the rapper’s failure to follow legal requirements. The motion was also denied on the grounds that Black failed to reference a reason why he should be released early. Black will be released from prison in November 2022 should his efforts to be released early fail.
Lamar Jackson, Kodak Black Have History
Lamar Jackson’s history with rapper Kodak Black goes way back. The duo went to the same elementary school and knew one another as children. Black even attended the 2020 AFC North title-deciding game to watch Jackson lead his Baltimore Ravens in a win over the Cleveland Browns.
Lamar Jackson isn’t the only high profile person to recently ask the president to free Kodak Black. Rapper Lil Yachty has also advocated for the rapper’s release from prison. Lil Yachty made the request via Twitter on Monday, Jan. 4.
Lamar Jackson Comments on Life with COVID-19
Even though he is a world-class athlete, Lamar Jackson still felt the pain of COVID-19. In December, the NFL’s reigning MVP commented on having the coronavirus, saying that he “wouldn’t wish that on anybody.”
The quarterback began having symptoms of the disease that has spread across the globe around Thanksgiving. A COVID-19 test revealed that he did in fact have the dreaded disease.
Luckily, Jackson recovered and returned to lead his Baltimore Ravens in the following weeks.