Rapper Lil Baby released by Paris police, handed drug fine

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Why did Lil Baby get arrested in Paris?

Rapper Lil Baby released from police custody in Paris, fined for having cannabis in his car. PARIS (AP) — Paris police released rapper Lil Baby from custody on Friday after fining him for having cannabis in his car, according to the city prosecutor's office. USA TODAYRapper Lil Baby released from police custody in Paris, fined for having cannabis in his car

Is Lil Baby Out of Jail in Paris?

Rapper Lil Baby, one of two people detained by French police as part of a drug investigation, has been released, officials said. News of the arrest was first reported by the French newspaper Le Parisien and confirmed by NBC News. ... Yahoo NewsLil Baby released from police custody in Paris

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Rapper Lil Baby was released from custody by Paris police on Friday. He received a fine for having cannabis in his car, according to the city prosecutor's office. He was stopped along with NBA star James Harden, who was frisked but not detained.

Lil Baby's arrest on Thursday along one of the French capital’s most upscale avenues shocked fans of both high-profile Americans, in town for Paris Fashion Week. It also resurfaced questions about racial profiling in France.

After his release, the rapper posted on Instagram "I’m Good" and said that he was heading back to the U.S.

Plainclothes police stopped Harden, Lil Baby and his bodyguard because a strong smell of cannabis was coming from their car, according to a French police official who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to be publicly named.

The official said that Lil Baby, whose real name is Dominique Jones, initially refused to allow police to check the car. The situation was tense because the Americans didn’t understand what was happening. Uniformed officers then arrived and proceeded to search the car, finding 32 grams of cannabis, according to the official.

Lil Baby and the bodyguard were taken into custody on suspicion of transporting drugs, and released Friday morning after being handed fines, according to the prosecutor's office.

Video of the incident shared online shows a plainclothes officer frisking a confused-looking Harden while he holds his phone.

A student in the area described seeing the ruckus on what is normally a quiet avenue, lined with luxury boutiques. "I turned my head and it was unbelievable, I saw Lil Baby and James Harden ... they are standing and are being frisked," said the witness, Lance Avraham Pena.

Language appeared to pose a problem and police didn’t recognize the two Americans, said Pena, who filmed a bit of the scene.

Fans of Harden and the singer in France raised concerns online about racial profiling. But the Paris police department appeared to deflect suggestions the arrest was groundless by tweeting that it was based on an "infraction." Both men are Black, and the police officers white.

A lawyer who has researched racial profiling in France asked, "Would a white person have been stopped the same way? ... It's not at all sure."

Lawyer Slim Ben Achour cited research showing that white people in France are less likely to get stopped and frisked or fined for this kind of drug offense. The research also showed that police are more likely to carry out identity checks on Black or Arab men in housing projects known for crime, or in neighborhoods where the assumption is that they "don't belong."

"You see that you can be a millionaire or a super star and you always have this stigma," Achour told The AP. "Black Americans have their own problems and some think that Europe is better, and they see that ... there are common problems."

A representative for Lil Baby did not respond to requests for comment.

Harden posted photos online soon before the arrest of the two friends at various Paris locales.

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Nets’ James Harden Could Be in Hot Water for Paris Fashion Week Incident

Heavy.com 08 July, 2021 - 03:34pm

Over the years Brooklyn Nets star James Harden has developed a reputation around the NBA. He likes to party, particularly with rappers. Some of The Beard’s closest cohorts include hip hop superstars Travis Scott, Meek Mill, Kanye West, Lil Baby, and a host of others. Because of the activities that some of those rappers take part in, Harden has often been chastised for carrying on those relationships.

There is nothing wrong with Harden hanging out with rappers. As a former NBA Most Valuable Player, it is obvious that having those relationships does not affect how well he performs on the basketball court. The concern is what happens when Harden hangs out with those rappers in his free time.

Just last season Harden was under fire after he was seen partying in Atlanta and Las Vegas with rapper Lil Baby when he was supposed to be in training camp with the Houston Rockets. He was fined $50,000 by the NBA for violating the league’s health and safety protocols. Less than a year later, hanging out with Lil Baby could potentially have Harden in hot water once again.

Now that the Nets season is officially over Harden has a lot more spare time to do, whatever he pleases. This week he has been out and about with Lil Baby during Paris Fashion Week. Per a report by Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson of Bally Sports, Harden was in a car with Lil Baby when the Atlanta rapper was arrested for having 20 grams of weed. Harden was not arrested for the incident, but he was detained.

“Nets All-Star James Harden was with rapper, Lil Baby who was arrested in Paris for possession of marijuana according to multiple reports,” Scoop B said per his Twitter account. “Harden was released & 20 grams of marijuana was found in the glove compartment of the car that both the rapper & Nets Star were in.”

It is still unclear if the league will punish Harden for being in a car that was carrying 20 grams of marijuana. However, it is worth noting that in September 2020, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley was arrested for marijuana possession and concealing stolen property. The NBA suspended Beasley for 12 games for his role in the incident.

Nets All Star James Harden was with rapper, Lil Baby who was arrested in Paris for possession of marijuana according to multiple reports.

Harden was released & 20 grams of marijuana was found in the glove compartment of the car that both the rapper & Nets Star were in. https://t.co/XWKpQBXHFq

— 👑 Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson 📍 (@ScoopB) July 8, 2021

BREAKING: James Harden & Lil Baby were stopped & frisked in Paris. Lil Baby was arrested for transporting narcotics pic.twitter.com/zVyhl7mlb0

— Highlight Hoops 24/7 (@HLHoops247) July 8, 2021

lil baby reportedly was taken in custody in Paris for having 20 grams of weed pic.twitter.com/PmMJnHs7gR

— DJ Akademiks (@Akademiks) July 8, 2021

There is nothing that indicates Harden was consuming the marijuana that was in the car when it was stopped by police. However, the same cannot be said for all of the Nets’ All-Stars. According to Matt Sullivan, the author of Can’t Knock the Hustle, Kevin Durant is an avid weed smoker. In fact, it is one of his biggest hobbies according to the author.

“KD smokes even more weed than you would think,” said Sullivan during a recent appearance on the Dan Le Batard Show. “I was at his house at one o’clock in the morning. The entire place just reeks. He doesn’t have a girlfriend. Doesn’t go on crazy vacations. He doesn’t do anything other than hoop. Like nothing. He’s boring as hell. So going out to him is just blazing.”

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