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Rapper The Game denies tweeting Compton Sheriff's Station number

August 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The rapper known as The Game is under investigation after a tweet told his more than 580,000 followers to call the Compton Sheriff's Station, causing a clog up of dispatcher phone lines. But the rapper says it wasn't his fault.

It was earlier reported that criminal charges were pending, but authorities say they're a long away from filing any charges.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Compton Station was overwhelmed with calls Friday after a tweet went out allegedly from the Compton rapper, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor. The tweet told followers to call for an internship, but the number was for the Compton Sheriff's Station.

The sheriff's department had trouble responding to emergency calls because they were flooded with calls over a two-hour period starting at 5:30 p.m. Deputies initially thought there was a phone malfunction since most callers were hanging up.

"A few people stayed on the line long enough to say they were calling for a rapper internship program they were ultimately about to find out they found out about it on Twitter," Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said.

The Game, however, claims he did not sent out the tweet and has an alibi to prove it.

As for why no criminal charges are pending at this time, Capt. Mike Parker said part of the problem is that the law isn't clearly defined when it comes to social media-related incidents, and they're not sure whether a law was actually broken.

"Frankly, what we'd really like to see is a comment in the same medium it was originally sent out in that this was a bad idea and isn't recommended for anyone to do," Parker said.

The sheriff's department sent its own tweet asking The Game to remove the number, to which the rapper responded, "Yall can track a tweet down but cant solve murders ! Dat was an accident but maybe now yall can actually do yall job !!!! #iSpeak4ThePeople."

The rapper has yet to talk with investigators. The case will now be turned over to the district attorney who will determine if he will face charges.