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Last month, rapper Meek Mill was sentenced to two years in prison for violating his probation, nearly a decade after the original offense that got him tangled in the legal system. Since then, numerous athletes and celebrities have voiced support for Meek on social media or in public, including Jay Z, Drake and Joel Embiid,

But maybe no one has taken the #FreeMeek campaign as far as James Harden. Harden visited Meek Mill in jail on Monday, and on Thursday when his Rockets face the Celtics he will debut a new pair of sneakers reading “FREE MEEK” down the middle.

Harden and Meek Mill have are friends, having appeared together onstage and at charity basketball games. Harden reportedly flew to Pennsylvania on Monday to visit the rapper at the State Correctional Institution in Chester.

“Got a chance to see my bro @meekmill today,” Harden posted to his Instagram story. “His spirit is high and hopefully we can get him out by February. Told me to tell y’all when he get out he got some ?????? for y’all.”

Since his sentencing, Meek Mill has drawn support from across the NBA and particularly from his hometown 76ers, whose owner wrote a letter to the judge on his behalf and whose stars have been rocking “Stand with Meek Mill” sweatshirts. Harden seems to be the only athlete to go so far as commissioning custom sneakers. So far, at least.

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