The Game pleads not guilty to gun charges


The Game pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three felony charges filed after authorities said he pulled a gun during a pickup basketball game at a South Los Angeles school.

The rapper entered the plea in Superior Court to making criminal threats, possession of a firearm in a school zone and exhibiting a firearm on the grounds of a facility for minors.

The Game, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, is free on $50,000 bail. He could face more than five years in prison if convicted.

A call to his attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, was not immediately returned.

The charges stem from a Feb. 24 basketball game at the Rita Walters Educational Learning Complex. Police said Taylor, 27, punched a player on the opposing team, then grabbed a gun from his red Cadillac Escalade and threatened to shoot him.

At a preliminary hearing earlier this month, a man testified that Taylor punched him in the left cheek after they exchanged words.

Rodrick Shannon testified that he then went out to the parking lot and saw Taylor reach into a car and brandish a gun.

"He started proceeding towards me. The gun was still in his hand. He yelled that I'm a ... fool. I turned around and ran because I feared for my life," Shannon testified.