“A tour is next in the states,” a seemingly tired but excited NBA YoungBoy revealed Friday night after being acquitted of firearms charges in California.
The rapper was found not guilty after a jury returned a verdict in his favor following a four-day trial, and according to his attorney, he bowed his head and cried as the verdict was read.
NBA YoungBoy was facing between 7 and 10 years in prison if convicted of the gun offense, and now it looks like he’s also officially under house arrest as he’s confirmed his next plan is to tour the United States to meet and greet his fans.
In an interview with workers’ lawyer Moe Gangat, YoungBoy Never Broke Again shares the news as well as how he felt during the trial.
When asked how he felt during the case, the rapper said he relied on his lawyer’s advice throughout the trial, even though he was nervous.
“I can’t think of anything other than what my lawyers told me. However, I wasn’t sure all the time,” he says.
He added that as the case unfolded and the prosecution tried unsuccessfully to have prejudicial evidence against him admitted, he knew in his heart that he was innocent of the charges.
“I had a feeling of confidence about certain things in my heart for sure,” he added.
The rapper also said he only listened to his own music during the trial as Gangat asked how he coped with the stress and pressures the trial could bring, knowing he could face many years in prison. he couldn’t defend himself.
“I haven’t listened to anyone but myself since I’ve been in LA,” he said.
NBA YoungBoy, real name Kentrell DeSean Gaulden, was arrested on March 22, 2021 by federal agents. LAPD cops say they were executing a federal warrant against YB following an arrest in Louisiana the previous year.
The rapper’s attorneys accused federal authorities of playing dirty, knowing the warrant was pending, and could have contacted his attorneys since the case was pending.
The rapper was arrested while traveling in Los Angeles, but sued the feds before exiting the vehicle and rushing into a community to evade officers. His attorney in court noted that the prosecution’s attempts to cast the escape as wrongdoing should be ignored, as black men were fleeing cops for a variety of reasons.
In this case, the rapper was found by a K-9 officer and police reportedly found a handgun on the floor of his Maybach SUV. However, the prosecution did not link the weapon to YoungBoy because several people were also in the car.
In his ongoing Louisiana case, his attorneys claimed police had a “YoungBoy Never Free Again” campaign to lock up the rapper.
On Friday, his lawyer André Bélanger shared his pleasure that the rapper beat the case.
“[NBA YoungBoy] was acquitted and walked out of the courtroom saying he was never guilty of this,” Bélanger said. “I am grateful that we were able to challenge what little evidence they had in front of 12 people. This verdict shows the power of a jury and the ability to check the power of government.
In the meantime, the rapper who was released from house arrest via $1.5 million bond last October is finally free from house arrest.
As part of his bond terms, he lived in Layton, Utah under the guidance of a senior mentor.
NBA YoungBoy’s trial in Louisiana is also set to begin this month.