Kodak Black was just granted a Hail Mary after former president Donald Trump decided to pardon the incarcerated rapper late Tuesday night (January 19), his last full day in the Oval Office. The move comes after months of Kodak’s pleas to the embattled public figure and likely surprised the 23-year-old Atlantic Records signee.
On Wednesday afternoon (January 20), not long after President Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, Kodak fired off a tweet to Trump’s now-suspended Twitter account and thanked him for the second chance. At the same time, he promised to evolve into a better version of himself.
“I Want To Thank The President @RealDonaldTrump For His Commitment To Justice Reform And Shortening My Sentence,” he wrote. “I Also Want To Thank Everyone For Their Support And Love. It Means More Than You Will Ever Know. I Want To Continue Giving Back, Learning And Growing. @DanScavino.”
Kodak was arrested in 2019 on federal weapons charges and sentenced to almost four years in prison. But as the Florida native’s sentence got underway, he became increasingly vocal about the alleged abuse and religious suppression he was enduring at Kentucky’s Big Sandy prison.
In September 2020, he accused Big Sandy guards of putting him in a backless paper gown on a four-point restraint for six hours without the ability to use the bathroom. The suit says he was “forced to urinate and defecate on himself” while the guards stood by and laughed. Kodak’s legal team said at the time his medical records laid out the mistreatment, citing lacerations, vomiting and bleeding from the mouth.
Kodak also claimed he was put on his knees “execution-style” while soaking wet in nothing but his underwear, resulting in physical injuries, embarrassment, humiliation and emotional distress.
Earlier this month, Kodak admitted he was suffering from depression while locked up, tweeting, “Lonely. Sad. Depressed. Pray for Sanity. Lord Restore My Heart. Take What’s Broken And Make Whole Again.”
Although Kodak still faces up to 30 years in prison for an alleged sexual assault in South Carolina, he’ll at least be able to plot his legal strategies from the comfort of his own home soon.
The Bill Israel mastermind has been attempting to prove his goodwill in recent months. In December 2020, he organized a Christmas toy drive from jail and vowed to donate $1 million to charity following his release.