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The Game tweet: Sheriff would like apology for 'phone flash mob'

August 14, 2011 |  7:59 am

Tweet by rapper The Game jams sheriff's phones

L.A. County Sheriff's Department officials said they would not mind an apology from rapper The Game after a tweet from his account generated hundreds of phone calls Friday to the sheriff's station in Compton with.

A message posted on The Game's Twitter account encouraging his 580,000 followers to telephone if they wanted an internship. The tweet gave no indication that the phone number was in fact the Compton station's official help line.

"It was almost like a symphony of misery. You've got a multitude of phones ringing simultaneously," said headquarters bureau Capt. Mike Parker.

The incident has prompted a criminal investigation. 

Deputies have yet to make contact with the rapper, who Parker said "would be very well inclined to call us."

"We're still waiting for a Twitter message with an apology or a retraction or 'this was bad idea,' " Parker said. "We're waiting for something that sends a message out that people's lives are more important than playing around."

But the rapper, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, seemed less than apologetic.

He retweeted a Times article about the prank, and then blamed the stunt on a friend, warning the alleged culprit: "you betta sleep wit jeans on tonite homie. … Sheriffs come knockin' don't be in ya pajamas."


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Photo: The rapper known as The Game. Credit: Los Angeles Times