L.A. sheriff probes rapper for allegedly setting off 'flashcalls'
August 13th, 2011
06:05 PM ET

L.A. sheriff probes rapper for allegedly setting off 'flashcalls'

Los Angeles County Sheriff's detectives are considering misdemeanor charges against rapper The Game for allegedly tweeting the phone number of a sheriff's station and prompting hundreds of his followers to flood dispatchers and deputies with phone calls, a spokesman said.

The sheriff's station in Compton was so overwhelmed with apparent prank calls for two hours Friday evening that help was delayed in response to urgent calls about a missing person, a spousal assault, two robberies and a stolen car, Capt. Mike Parker, Los Angeles County Sheriff spokesman, said.

Jayceon Taylor, The Game's real name, tweeted late Friday, "Yall can track a tweet down but cant solve murders ! Dat was an accident but maybe now yall can actually do yall job !!!!"

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  1. MJH

    NOT EITHER FUNNY OR ILLUMINATING RAPPER

    August 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MasterVen

    that rapper is a MORON!!! and his name "The Game" is utterly retarded

    August 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mad Hatter

    He tweeted the numbe "accidentally" on purpose. And of course he isn't going to take blame for it. Its D I C K S like him that give rappers a bad rep. His music isn't "all that" either.

    August 13, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mad Hatter

    Number. Oops.

    August 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    What a bloody moron.
    Every person who had help delayed because of this should sue the pants off this idiot.

    August 13, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      I totally agree with you, banasy. This joker should be thrown in jail for what he did, considering the damage he could have caused.

      August 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • sciihs1958

      banasy – you are 100% correct.

      August 13, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fernace

    The Game hasn't had a hit out in ages! He's obviously desperate to get his name back in "the game,"so to speak! I hope he succeded & with a heaping side of misdemeanor charges, to boot! He deserves it for being a du.mb.as.s! Best lawyer up, Game, or you'll be played like 1!!

    August 13, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sword Fighter Pistol Gripping Clown

    Maybe there wouldn't be so many murders if him and his ilk didn't promote them as a form of toughness... Nahh. Money means more than society repairing itself.

    August 13, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    @banasy: Hi. @Fake Cesar: Hi. I think banasy spotted you. Right sentence structure, wrong wording, "joker."

    August 13, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Charlie

    You can't go to jail for Tweeting a publicly available number. Sorry, but that's a fact. However, the idiots who prank called the police should get tracked down and warned/fined/etc.

    August 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • JomoDaMusicMan

      White people can't go to jail for tweeting a public number. But as we all know there are different laws for black people. The officials will make up different charges like obstruction of justice or menacing charges. Just watch

      August 14, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. scott

    Just trying to feed on the underground b.s. game is what he's doing.

    These are the same mentalities the muslim brotherhood recruit as easily as a toilet sends poop down a pipe.

    August 14, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. Picky Pundit

    Maybe next time someone pulls such a stunt, whereupon a preventable death occurs, a warrant for the arrest of the perp for involuntary manslaughter will bring to a halt this scurrilous use of public media.

    August 14, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. justathought

    Being an ex-Angeleno, the repeation of Comton sor't tells me this was probably a ruse so a crime could be comitted by a gang and the police could not be notified. Sometimes, I would have to drive through Comtom and I woluld almost quiver with fright.

    August 14, 2011 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. RUFFNUTT

    now they are going to spend all their time and effort to track this twweet instead of real crimes that count...

    August 14, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzzzz

    ok, guys have at this debate...who is for engines and who is for motors ?

    Two closely-related words investigated

    On the rare occasions we encounter one, we refer to a steam locomotive as an engine, the same word that we give to the motive power of an aircraft. But all electrical devices are driven by motors. In Britain at least, one’s personal transport is a motor car (with compounds such as motor trade, motor vehicle and motor sport), even though it’s always powered by an engine. Small boats may have outboard motors and then are often called motor boats.

    However, the propulsion device of a rocket can be called either a rocket motor or a rocket engine, and usage here seems not to have settled on one or the other. The IEEE Spectrum magazine for June 1998 (which Ron Jeffries has thoughtfully sent me) reports that the debate has been so intense, and yet so inconclusive, that some rocket scientist has coined the phrase whoosh generator as “the humorous, genderless, politically correct way to refer to the propulsion device in a hobby rocket, thus avoiding the great motor/engine debate”.

    August 14, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jazzzzzzzz

    The linguistic legacy of Star Trek

    August 14, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
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