Published August 14, 2011
Los Angeles County prosecutors are considering whether to press charges against the rapper known as The Game after a tweet from his account prompted a telephone flash mob that overwhelmed the emergency phone system at the Compton sheriff's station.
A message on his Twitter account Friday urged some of his 580,000 followers to call the sheriff's office and inquire about music internship jobs. The line, however, often receives emergency calls like stolen cars or spousal abuse.
Capt. Mike Parker from the sheriff's office, told the Los Angeles Times that he's waiting for The Game to issue an apology or retraction.
"We're waiting for something that sends a message out that people's lives are more important than playing around," he told the paper.
On Friday night, the calls reportedly came in by the hundreds for a three-hour span. The Times first reported that The Game later used his Twitter account to criticize the sheriff's office, saying, "Yall can track a tweet down but cant solve murders ! Dat was an accident but maybe now yall can actually do yall job."
Agency officials started a criminal investigation and will send the results to the district attorney's office in the next few days.
The Game, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, could face a number of misdemeanor counts. Deputies have yet to make contact with the rapper. He later tweeted that his account had been hacked, according to a sheriff's spokesman.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.