LeBron James has called out the justice system for their leniency towards actress Lori Loughlin, aka Aunt Becky from “Full House,” after she was granted approval by a judge to serve her two-month prison sentence at the facility of her choice.
After being brought up on charges on March 12, 2019, Louglin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery. They were also charged with money laundering conspiracy, honest services mail and wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
The couple paid half a million dollars to Rick Singer and the Key Worldwide Foundation —disguised as a donation — to get their daughters, Bella Giannulli and Olivia Jade Giannulli, into the University of Southern California by lying and saying the girls were crew recruits. They never competed in the sport.
The actress was sentenced to two months of prison time, as well as ordered to pay a $150,000 fine, complete 100 hours of community service, and serve two years of supervised release.
According to US Weekly, Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton approved a request filed on Sept. 9 by Loughlin to serve her time at a low-security correctional facility in Victorville, California. The facility is two hours away from her home in Hidden Hills, and she’s been ordered to surrender herself and begin her sentencing by Nov. 19. The posh-sounding prison offers activities that include ceramics, Pilates, yoga, beading, cross-training, spinning, and more.
The news struck a chord with the Los Angeles Lakers forward, who is a public supporter of equal rights. In response to a headline stating that the “Full House” actress has been given the opportunity to serve her time at “a prison of her choice,” James shared a statement calling out the injustice of the justice system.
“Of her what!!??? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. I’m laughing cause sometimes you have to just to stop from crying! 🤦🏾♂️. Don’t make no damn sense to me,” he wrote. “We just want the same treatment if committed of same crime that’s all. Is that asking for to much??? Let me guess, it is huh. Yeah I know!! We’ll just keep pushing forward and not expecting the handouts! STRONG, BLACK & POWERFUL! 🙏🏾✊🏾👑”
Many have called out the stark contrasts between Louglin’s case and the case of a Black Akron, Ohio, mother, Kelley Williams-Bolar, who was initially sentenced to five years of prison time in 2011 for using her father’s address to send her son to a better school district.
Williams-Bolar’s sentence ended up being reduced to 10 days in jail, and a subsequent three-years of probation and 80 hours of community service, which many still considered harsh especially when compared to the crime Loughlin committed.
The requests from Loughlin’s team don’t stop at the prison choice. A source told Vanity Fair that she and her husband are still working on a way to stagger their sentences, so as not to leave their daughters alone.