NBA YoungBoy‘s claim about being depressed after being confined to house arrest has been called into question by prosecutors.
According to court documents obtained by HipHopDX, which were filed on Monday (November 27), William K. Morris — the attorney working on behalf of the United States of America — has questioned why the Baton Rouge native can’t get mental health treatment simply because he’s on house arrest. “The United States fails to see how the defendant’s current conditions of pre-trial release prohibit him from seeking and obtaining mental health treatment,” reads the motion in opposition to the request.
Morris’ motion makes it clear that it’s not the government’s job to provide mental health services on demand — and that even if said services were provided, NBA YoungBoy has no restrictions in getting them from the comfort of his own home. “While the defendant categorizes his request as ‘narrowly tailored’,…this question remains unresolved. Is he seeking the help of a mental health professional outside of the State of Utah? Is he seeking the help of a mental health professional outside of the United States? Are there not modern-world, widely available virtual options for him to seek help from a mental health professional of his choosing?” he wrote.
Check out the motion in opposition below.
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Morris’s motion was filed in opposition to one filed by NBA YoungBoy earlier this month, in which he requested an amendment to his house arrest rules. YoungBoy’s attorney claimed that the circumstances of the rapper’s house arrest have “led to great anxiety, depression, loss of weight and sleep.” In addition, he said that they’re only in effect due to evidence provided by police officers who are now under investigation themselves — and this central claim remained unaddressed by the United States in their motion of opposition.
According to court documents obtained by HipHopDX, the rapper (real name Kentrell DeSean Gaulden) wasn’t aware that the police who arrested him back in September of 2020 were also under investigation — and subsequently arrested — for a myriad of corruption charges.
As a result of the four officers being under arrest themselves, NBA YoungBoy submitted a memorandum of law in support of his amended release on Wednesday (November 1), saying that doing so would be a question of honoring his human rights.
“18 U.S.C. § 3142(f), allows for the detention hearing to be reopened at any time before trial if the judicial officer finds that information exists that was not known to the movant at the time of the hearing and that has a material bearing on the issue of whether there are conditions of release that will reasonably assure the appearance of the person as required and the safety of any other person and the community,” reads the memorandum.
It continues: “Out of an abundance of caution, Mr. Gaulden shows that there is new information that exists that was not known to the movant at the time of the hearing and that has a material bearing on the conditions of his release.
“More specifically, four BRPD Street Crimes Unit officers, all of whom were involved in the September 28, 2020, round-up and arrest of Mr. Gaulden and nearly 20 other individuals, have now been arrested as a direct result of their misconduct in relation to this very investigation.”
The Baton Rouge native goes on to say that the sales of his album have been suffering due to his inability to travel at will, and that he doesn’t want to “burden this Honorable Court with each employment-related request but needs the ability to request such activities in order to maintain his employment as ordered.”