UPDATE (04/22): Contrary to earlier reports and statements from Game himself, the Compton-bred emcee will not be detained in Canada for 14 days. But Aftermath Entertainment’s prodigal son will be denied entry into Canada; essentially canceling a series of shows he was scheduled to perform.
TMZ.com reports representatives from Substance Entertainment Group—the company promoting Game’s Canadian shows—revealed that Canadian Customs officials will not hold Game for the entire 14-day detainment period. But the rapper will be deported back to the United States for other security concerns.
“We’re told customs informed the promoter that Game would be denied entry ‘due to new information received that Game is affiliated with organized crime and is an active member of the Bloods street gang,’ TMZ reports.
When Game left L.A. on Wednesday on a flight bound for Canada he believed his trip would involved him performing some previously scheduled concerts and then heading home. But when he arrived in Canada he found a world of headaches and customs problems awaiting him. The California rapper was refused entry to the country, for currently undisclosed reasons, and then informed that he would be detained for two weeks until he could go before a judge.
Game went to Twitter to vent his frustration. In a series of tweets he lashed out at Canadian customs, saying, “Customs officials just denied me entry into Canada. I’m sorry 2 ALL my fans but I was mislead by promoters & assured I would be able 2 enter. I’m being detained in Canada for 14 days until they process my inadmissibility then I’ll have a hearing heard by a judge. At that point the judge will decide to either deport me or give me a sentence for violating Canada’s immigrant entry laws. Fucked up situation !!! But at least they let me call home, & tweet before they lock a n**ga up!!! Gotta turn in my property, y’all be kool… Gotta give up my phone & property. This some straight bullshit ! Flew all the way from LA to be denied and detained?!?!”
However, L.A. Weekly contacted Canadian border officials and were informed that the rapper would not be held for the full two weeks. The official response the paper received is as follows: “While the Privacy Act prevents me from discussing the specifics of an individual case, I can tell you that your information is not consistent with ours. In addition, when a foreign national is detained, they must have a detention review hearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) within 48 hours of their detention.” DX will keep you updated as this story develops.