UPDATE #4: The Game pled not guilty to making criminal threats for an incident in which he also allegedly threw a punch at an off-duty police officer.
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.”
by Mitchell Steinfeld