As previously reported, federal authorities and the Los Angeles Police Department arrested NBA YoungBoy in Los Angeles in March of this year. The charges are reportedly related to a September 2020 arrest regarding felony possession of a firearm. YoungBoy was initially granted bond, but it was later revoked after the government filed a motion. On Monday, NBA YoungBoy’s lawyers filed a motion for a pre-trial release of the rapper, who is set to appear in court again in August.
In court documents obtained by The Shade Room, NBA YoungBoy’s attorneys revealed that the rapper and his legal team were “blindsided” by the arrest in March. They allege that they were not contacted for a voluntary surrender and that the motivation behind the no contact was to tarnish NBA YoungBoy’s brand.
“The only evidence of their motivation behind this decision is the title of the operation, “NEVER FREE AGAIN,” a clear attack on to defendant’s brand “Never Broke Again” and related legal entities,” the court documents state.
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To clarify, NBA YoungBoy, whose real name is Kentrell Gaulden, is being charged with “possession of a firearm by a convicted felon” and possession of an unregistered firearm. These charges stem from a federal indictment obtained by the government that was based on his September arrest. However, his lawyers are arguing that there were “no additional allegations” against NBA YoungBoy between his first and second arrest. Moreover, there is no evidence to show that the firearms in question belong to the rapper or that they’d been used illegally. Therefore, his lawyers stated that both arrests were made on “a status offense.”
“There is no testimony or other evidence as to how the firearm came to be inside that vehicle or how long it had been in the vehicle,” the documents state. “Nor have any fingerprints, DNA testing, or other forensics been performed which would demonstrate Mr. Gaulden knowingly possessed that firearm at any time.”
The documents also gave insight to the “massive and wildly unnecessary militaristic display of force and intimidation” used in arresting YoungBoy. At the scene, there was reportedly an FBI agent, 3 LAPD vehicles, eleven uniformed and plain clothes officers from the LAPD and Baton Rouge FBI agents, a task force officer and even a helicopter.
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