The Game’s Tweet Could Lead to Charges Against the Rapper
L.A. sheriff’s office opened an investigation after a tweet caused hundreds of phone calls to jam an emergency line.
It was the tweet heard 'round the world. Or, at least heard very loudly by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's office.
The rapper The Game is feeling the heat from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department -- and it's all because of a tweet. A tweet that was sent out from his account to his more than 580,000 followers caused a jam to a Compton sheriff’s office emergency phone line.
The phone lines were jammed for about two hours on Friday after a tweet from The Game’s account said that if anyone wanted an internship, they should call that number.
The Sheriff's Department told the Los Angeles Times that the problems began after 5 p.m. on Friday.
"This was beyond irresponsible," sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker told the Times. "The deputies' ability to answer the phones and dispatch personnel to help these people in danger was significantly impeded."
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department are considering misdemeanor charges against the rapper because the prank calls caused the office to delay response to real emergency calls including a missing person, a spousal assault, two robberies and a stolen car, according to reports.
Game, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor and who uses the name Charles Louboutin on Twitter, responded after the Sheriff’s office asked him to remove the phone number from his tweet, claiming it was an accident.
“Yall can track a tweet down but cant solve murders ! Dat was an accident but maybe now yall can actually do yall job !!!!” he wrote.
The Game rose to fame as a member of the group G-Unit and received two Grammy nomination for his solo album The Documentary.