Game Is Free, Prison Rep Says

Rapper was released from custody March 9, rep says, contradicting manager's statement.

The Game is a free man, according to a representative for the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles. There had been some confusion surrounding the status of the rapper .

His attorney, in an e-mail to MTV News on Monday, confirmed her client was released from his scheduled 60-day sentence after serving only eight days. The reason? Overcrowding , Shawn Chapman Holley said.

“[Game] is now on probation and will eagerly begin his court-ordered community service,” Holley added.

Later that day, however, the rapper’s management released a statement to media outlets claiming that Game was not released from prison — he was merely transferred to another facility.

“Reports stating that the Game has been released from prison are false,” Jimmy Rosemond said in the statement. “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.”

On Tuesday morning (March 11), a representative from the Twin Towers Correctional Facility informed MTV News that inmate Jayceon Taylor, also known as Game, was in fact released from custody March 9 at 11:34 p.m.

When asked if the rapper was transferred upon his release, the rep explained that the inmate’s status would reveal where he was shipped. Game’s information only states he was released, meaning he is a free man.

MTV News’ calls to Holley and Rosemond for clarification had not been returned at press time.

The Los Angeles native 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.