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Lil Wayne Can't Drink Alcohol Following Release...Can Go to Basketball Games

Lil Wayne Can't Drink Alcohol Following Release...Can Go to Basketball Games
Lil Wayne (AP Photo)

NEW ORLEANS (CBS/AP) After 8 months behind bars in a New York City jail, Rapper Lil Wayne turned up courtside in a red baseball cap and long dreadlocks to watch the unbeaten New Orleans Hornets edge the Miami Heat 96-93 in a home game Friday night.

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Sober, we hope.

According to Yuma County, Arizona chief probation officer Steve Hardy, "Weezy" must avoid drugs and alcohol and not commit any new crimes for the next three years.

Those terms stem from a 2008 arrest where authorities say they found cocaine, Ecstasy and a handgun in Lil Wayne's tour bus. He pleaded guilty in Yuma County in June to a single felony drug possession charge.

The Times-Picayune said the rapper flew to Yuma County to check in for a three-year stint of unsupervised probation for a drug conviction before the game. Authorities said that case will be transferred to Florida, where the New Orleans native now lives.

The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Carter Jr., was freed from Rikers Island Thursday after serving eight months in a New York City gun case.

Asked how it felt to be back, Wayne told the The Times-Picayune: "Like I never left."

The platinum-selling, billboard-topping MC pleaded guilty in 2009 to possessing a loaded gun on his tour bus in Manhattan. He started serving a one-year sentence in March.

Before his incarceration, the rapper recorded the recently released "I Am Not a Human Being," a top debut on Billboard album charts.