Has Game been released from prison or not?
This question proved surprisingly difficult to answer on Monday (March 10), as conflicting statements were issued by the rapper's lawyer and manager.
According to many media reports and an e-mail sent to MTV News by Game's attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, the rapper was released from prison just before midnight on Sunday, after serving only eight days of a scheduled 60-day sentence. Holley said Game was released due to overcrowding at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in California, where the rapper was being held.
"He is now on probation and will eagerly begin his court-ordered community service," Holley added.
However, the rapper's manager, Jimmy Rosemond, released a statement later on Monday contradicting those reports, stating that the rapper had been moved to a different prison.
"Reports stating that the Game has been released from prison are false," the statement reads. "Although he was transferred from the Twin Towers, he is not expected to be released until early April in time to promote his upcoming album L.A.X. Times. The Game and his family would like to thank his fans for their continued support."
Calls placed by MTV News to Holley, Rosemond and Twin Towers Correctional Facility had failed to clarify the situation at press time.
The Los Angeles native (real name: Jayceon Taylor) checked into the Twin Towers on March 2 to serve a sentence for a felony charge of possession of a firearm in a school zone.
The felony gun charge stemmed from an incident that occurred in California in February 2007. Prosecutors argued Game punched a bystander and threatened him with a gun during a pickup basketball game at the Rita Walters Educational Learning Complex in Los Angeles. The rapper wasn't arrested for the incident until three months later, when police searched his home for three hours in connection with the incident.
In February of this year, Game pleaded no contest to the charges and was sentenced to prison and ordered to complete 150 hours of community service and serve three years' probation.
The rapper was originally on the hook for three counts of making criminal threats and possessing a firearm in a school zone. Two of the charges were later dropped in an arraigned plea deal, and the rapper then pleaded no contest to the firearm possession.
Game was also arrested in May 2006 on weapons charges after Burbank, California, police pulled over his vehicle on a traffic violation and discovered a pair of brass knuckles.