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'I Want To Grow:' Young Thug Released From Jail Following Heartfelt Courtroom Apology

The rapper, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was taken into custody last week before his scheduled arraignment could proceed because he failed a required drug test.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Young Thug is once again free following a short stint in jail stemming from an arrest last week — though the rapper is undoubtedly going to have to make some changes to his lifestyle.

Born Jeffery Lamar Williams, the "On the Rvn" rapper was taken into custody on Nov. 8 before his scheduled arraignment could proceed because he failed a required drug test beforehand.

He then spent nearly a week in police custody before being released on Wednesday morning, WXIA-TV, an Atlanta-based NBC affiliate, reports.

Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams granted the rapper his freedom under the condition that he agree to take random drug tests twice per week, attend substance abuse counseling and report regularly to his probation officer, according to the outlet.

Young Thug’s arraignment was connected to a Sept. 2017 case, in which he was arrested for possession of a firearm as well as a multitude of drugs after he was pulled over for having tinted windows, according to Billboard.

The rapper abstained from eating and drinking during the first two days of his confinement as a form of self-inflicted punishment, his lawyer said, according to WXIA-TV. 

While standing in front of a judge, Young Thug expressed remorse for his actions.

“I’m sorry for disobeying the court. I’m sorry for disobeying my PO and being here again,” he said, according to WXIA-TV.

He reportedly also expressed a desire to set a better example for his six children.


“Over the last six days, I understood this is real life. I have two sons, ages 10 and 11. I don’t want them to think that going to jail — even if you can get out right away — is cool. I want to grow, and I have grown. I’ve made mistakes and I’ve been penalized for them. I’m sorry, and won’t disobey again,” he told the judge.

The artist has found himself on the wrong side of the law numerous times over the last few years.

Most recently, he was arrested in August after police crashed his birthday party and collared him on suspicion of possession of a concealed firearm in a vehicle.

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