Young thug tweeting Michael Phelps behind bars could spell trouble for RICO case

Grammy Award winning rapper Young thug finds himself in a world of trouble after being arrested on gang charges last May, including possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute them. However, his recent communication with famed swimmer Michael Phelps on Twitter may have made matters worse.

“Punk” host and fellow Atlanta native Gunna is among 26 others named in a 56-count indictment against the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act; The accused remain behind bars.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 1: Young Thug attends the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on October 1, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)

During his incarceration, Young Thug, born Jeffery Lamar Williams, has rarely appeared on social media. In late August, he took to Twitter, where he addressed Phelps directly, writing, “I’m speaking to my roommate and we’re wondering if you could swim 100 miles from the middle of the ocean back to shore,” before tagging the athlete.

The 23-time Olympic champion replied: “Yes. I think I could do it.” Shortly after, the rapper recited the response with another question: “How long do you think it would take?”

With many fans wondering in the comments how the 31-year-old managed to connect with the outside world, 11Alive shared footage of Fulton County Judge Ural Glanville addressing similar questions to Thugger’s attorney, Brian Steel, turned while the rappers watched from a video camera. The entertainers are currently being held on the RICO charges at the Cobb County Jail outside of Atlanta.

Steel denied Thugger’s involvement in the online conversation, claiming that his client did not have access to a cellular phone.

“Mr. Williams is in a jail outside of Fulton County,” he claimed. “There are zero cell phones in that jail. Every communication he has outside of his legal team is recorded. … He has done absolutely nothing to my knowledge, nothing to hinder him or intimidate.”

The attorney continued, “The last tweet sent to Michael Phelps is recorded. It was being investigated by that county sheriff, and it was a conversation recorded between Mr. Williams and a member of his close friend that he asked the other person in control of his Twitter account to broadcast this , or maybe Instagram . That is no reason.”

Judge Glanville was undeterred and fired back, “Well, that’s part of the conversation, Mr. Steel, that you and others have to have with your clients because it’s part of the business of state.

“That was innocent. That’s nothing bad. Asking someone to tweet Michael Phelps, “Can you swim 100 miles in the ocean?” It’s not intimidating,” Steel told the court.

This is the latest development in Thugger’s case following his third bond denial. Young thug tweeting Michael Phelps behind bars could spell trouble for RICO case

James Brien

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