This Rapper Wore $450 Sneakers To Go Beg a Judge To Reduce His Bail Amount

This Rapper Wore $450 Sneakers To Go Beg a Judge To Reduce His Bail Amount


Reported by Liku Zelleke

“Hot Boy” rapper Bobby Shmurda (real name Ackquille Pollard) has been in jail for over a year now. He was arrested on drugs and weapons charges. His bail was set at $2 million – an amount he hasn’t been able to pay.

Last Tuesday, 21-year-old Shmurda was in court to try and get the judge to lower his bail. His lawyer, Alex Spiro, argued the amount should be reduced because the initial $20 million estimate of his client’s worth had been a gross exaggeration and that figure was actually closer to $427,000. Spiro suggested the bail be set to an amount between $50,000 and $100,000.

Despite Shmurda’s family trying on at least seven occasions in the past year to post his bail, they haven’t been able to do so because it is too high an amount for them to cover.

The judge, meanwhile, turned down Spiro’s request and said he had seen “no substantive change” in Shmurda and that he was “satisfied that the case is extraordinarily serious.”

Well, what had many raising an eyebrow, though, was Shmurda’s decision to wear extraordinarily expensive sneakers to a hearing where he was asking for a reduction of bail that he claims he couldn’t afford to pay.

He was wearing red patent leather sneakers that are made by Bally, a Swiss fashion brand, and retail for $450 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Shmurda was arrested on December 17, 2014 on conspiracy, reckless endangerment and gun possession charges as he was leaving a recording studio near Radio City Music Hall. A search revealed two handguns and a small amount of crack cocaine in the car he was riding in.

Apart from the initial charges that had landed him in jail, Shmurda had an additional charge of conspiracy to commit murder slapped on him after his alleged girlfriend tried to slip a “sharpened metal object” past prison security while on a visit with him.

The Brooklyn rapper is expected to make his next court appearance on February 22.