The Game entered a not guilty plea today (December 21) in the case where he punched an off-duty police officer during a basketball game, the Associated Press reports.
The Game was charged with one felony count for making criminal threats and a misdemeanor charge for assault and battery.
Earlier this month, a judge ruled that the Compton, California rapper will face trial for the incident. There is no start date set yet, but The Game will appear back in court January 11.
(This article was last updated on August 15, 2015 and is as follows.)
The Game says that he is facing three years jail time for punching an off-duty police officer during a basketball game.
“It’s a little bit more serious than it is,” he says to Sway, “but we’re gonna go in there with a good team of lawyers and we’re gonna do what we can.”
He also says he goes to trial Monday (August 17) for a $4.5 million lawsuit that 40 Glocc filed against him in 2013.
(The last update to this story was published on June 29, 2015 and is as follows.) Compton, California rapper The Game was accused of punching another player during a Pro-Am basketball game in Hollywood Sunday (March 29). “Game was playing in a Pro-Am game Sunday at Hollywood High School when he got into a heated argument with another player,” TMZ reports in an article published today. “We’re told Game threatened to kill the guy, punched him in the face and took off.” The police are investigating this incident as battery. The rapper, real name Jayceon Taylor, was reportedly participating with his team La Familia in the JBL National Pro-Am Basketball League. The Game explains in a social media post that he will no longer play in the Drew League. “WE WILL NOT BE PARTICIPATING in the #DrewLeague this year due to us & Nike not being able to agree on a certain issue,” The Game says on Instagram. “See, the problem with homegrown organizations is once they go corporate, it takes the raw, original format & waters it down until it becomes something forced versus something that was REAL, AUTHENTIC & for the neighborhood. We as people that grew up in Compton & the surrounding areas must put our foot down & stand up to big companies & their politics in order to not lose ourselves, our culture & the things we enjoy the most that were created in the hood, FOR THE HOOD. I brought NBA ALL-STAR players from Kevin Durant Paul George & James Harden to helping Lebron & Kobe make Drew League appearances & never wanted anything for my contribution but to see CHILDREN SMILE at being able to see their favorite professional athletes in their neighborhood playing basketball without having to pay.” According to the JBL League’s Facebook page, The Game scored 30 points in his first game. He says he hopes to give back to the community through his appearances. “My only mission with the Drew & other leagues around LA is to give back to the youth in my city & cities surrounding it & be a positive force for my community,” The Game continues. “This was recently compromised by Nike reps overseeing The Drew & today I had to remove myself from contributing my time & hard work as well as withdraw both of my teams #LaFamilia & #TheRobinHoodProject… If you want to see me & #LaFamilia we will be in the #JBL.”
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(March 30, 2015)
UPDATE: The Game may have punched a police office during a Pro-Am basketball game in Hollywood Sunday (March 29), according to TMZ.
A video of the alleged punch has been released by the site.
It is as follows:
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(March 31, 2015)
Update #2: TMZ reports charges were filed against Game for punching an off-duty police officer, Onyebuchi Awaji, during a basketball game on March 29. Awaji is claiming that Game’s punch may have caused him brain damage.
(April 6, 2015)
UPDATE #3: The Game has been charged with a felony for making criminal threats stemming from his alleged involvement in a March 29 incident in which he allegedly punched an off-duty police officer, according to TMZ.
A warrant has also been issued for the Compton, California rapper’s arrest.
(June 5, 2015)
UPDATE: #4: The Game pled not guilty in a Los Angeles court today (June 29) to the charges facing him regarding his alleged involvement in a March 29 incident in which he allegedly punched an off-duty police officer, according to the Los Angeles Times.