Game's long-awaited The R.E.D. Album is due out next week, but the rapper is grabbing headlines this morning for sending out an emergency phone number to his more than 585,000 Twitter followers over the weekend. The Cali MC might face criminal charges after the Twitter prank caused a Los Angeles Sheriff's Office to get flooded with non-emergency phone calls, rendering them unable to do their jobs.
The incident stemmed out of a playful exchange between Game and a user named @WackStar, who appears to be a friend of Game's based on earlier tweets. After @Wackstar jokingly pretended to reveal Game's phone number to fans, Game responded by tweeting the phone number to the Los Angeles Sheriff Department's Compton Office. The police's switchboard lit up with inquiries pertaining to Game, which prevented them from fielding calls about actual emergencies. "Delays in providing help included a missing person, a spousal assault, two robberies and a stolen car," the Los Angeles Sheriff's County site wrote about the "telephone flashmob."
"This was beyond irresponsible," Sheriff's Captain Mike Parker told the Los Angeles Times. "The deputies' ability to answer the phones and dispatch personnel to help these people in danger was significantly impeded." Parker actually tweeted several times directly to Game, begging the rapper to take down the offending tweet, which he eventually did.
After it became evident that there might be some legal repercussions from his prank, Game was quick to play the good old blame game that all rappers resort to after they've done something stupid on Twitter: He claimed he was hacked. "@wackstar hacked my Twitter earlier..... Arrest him police... He is to blame. #TellinOnYouDemetrius," Game wrote. "@wackstar you betta sleep wit jeans on tonite homie..... Sheriffs come knockin' don't be in ya pajamas. #NotAGoodLook."
However, Game later took responsibility for his actions -- "Stop Snitching" is alive and well -- in another series of comedic tweets. "Yall can track a tweet down but cant solve murders ! Dat was an accident but maybe now yall can actually do yall job !!!! #iSpeak4ThePeople. P.S. who killed Biggie & Pac ???," Game wrote. "I can see it now: "What u in 4 homie.. robbery. What about u dog... Murder. Aye... What u in here 4 game... (Pokes Chest Out) A TWEET" !!!"
This wouldn't be the first time an artist got himself in legal hot water over a tweet: In March 2010, Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal nuisance for failing to send out a tweet informing fans about a canceled event at a Long Island mall. Charges against Braun were later dropped. However, things might not be so easy for Game. "Each phone call made does open the possibility for an additional charge," Parker said. Hundreds of phone calls, hundreds of charges, potentially bad news for the pretty unlucky rapper.
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