President Donald Trump pardoned more than 140 people as part of a flurry of clemency action early Wednesday, including recording artist “Lil Wayne” with assistance from Deion Sanders.
Trump granted Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. a full pardon amid possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon, stemming from a conviction more than a decade ago.
The twist here is that the first-year Jackson State coach wrote to Trump on behalf of the rapper.
According to a White House press release, Sanders described Lil Wayne as “a provider for his family, a friend to many, a man of faith, a natural giver to the less fortunate, a waymaker, [and] a game changer.”
Since being named head coach last September, Sanders has amassed the top recruiting class in the FCS, garnered millions in media exposure for Jackson State, vouched for a level playing field within college athletics, particularly as it relates to HBCUs, and now has used his influence to help a fellow celebrity get granted federal clemency.