Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, partnered up with Meek Mill, Jay-Z, and a number of other public figures to launch a new initiative called the Reform Alliance.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft is one of several high-profile names to partner up in creating a brand-new initiative called the Reform Alliance, aimed at correcting perceived injustices within the U.S. judiciary system. Superstar rappers Meek Mill and Jay-Z joined Kraft on stage at John Jay College in New York on Wednesday afternoon to announce the partnership, along with Michael Rubin and Clara Wu Tsai, owners of the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets, respectively.
The new supergroup has pledged to try and correct what it calls a broken system, specifically as it relates to policies regarding probation and parole within the country.
Meek Mill, a longtime friend of Robert Kraft’s, spent nearly half a year in prison after a fairly-minor technical violation of his parole requirements. The incarceration sparked public outrage, with many joining Kraft in his view that there needs to be a broader, more flexible understanding of the current system, which punishes both substantial and insignificant violators to the same degree.
“I’m one of the lucky ones,” Mill told assembled members of the press on Wednesday. “I’m here to speak for the ones who don’t have a voice. I didn’t ask to be the face of reform, but I want to bridge gaps and make the world a better place, especially for my culture.”
Mill has long voiced his displeasure with the national judicial system, which he claims unfairly targets African-Americans and citizens of color. According to him, the system itself is flawed in that it routinely finds a way to bring people “back to ground zero because of probation.”
Kraft added: “This is a cuckoo system. We can make America better if we cure this.”
Over $50 million has been pledged already from the assembled team of investors and supporters, with the money, time, and energy intended to be directed at liberating “at least 1 million people caught up in the system within the next five years,” according to Vulture.com.
The unlikely friendship between Mill and Kraft has been the subject of much interest over the years, with the two being spotted frequently at televised events like NBA games and public galas. Mill is, of course, a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan, which raised some eyebrows last year when he was spotted attending a Celtics game with Kraft, just three months after the Eagles defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
The Reform Alliance is another great example of people transcending sports, rivalries, and the mentality that “it’s just a game,” to make an applaudable effort in enacting real and lasting positive change in society.