News: UPDATE: Case Against Game Awaits Judge's Ruling
Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 12:00PM
A judge is set to decide whether or not Game's 2007 felony conviction can be used against him in a civil damages suit.
According to reports, the rapper's fate will be determined on Monday (March 22).
A judge may decide Monday if a rapper's felony conviction for threatening a coach with a gun after an adult league basketball game can be used against him in a civil damages suit. Shannon Rodrick claims Jayceon "The Game'' Taylor, 30, punched him and later displayed a handgun at the Rita Walters Learning Complex in South Los Angeles on Feb. 24, 2007, while Rodrick was coaching an opposing team. Lonnie J. Brandon, Taylor's attorney, said that the singer did not use a gun, but entered the plea to put the criminal case behind him. Brandon also said Rodrick initiated the physical confrontation on the ball court because he saw an opportunity to try to make money from it. The lawyer also said Rodrick should not be able to claim emotional distress because he was robbed eight to 10 times while working at liquor stores. Brandon said Taylor's damages claim from the alleged weapon threat by Taylor is questionable. (Los Angeles Wave News)
Earlier this week, court documents showed that Game wanted to disconnect his gangster ties while the case proceeds.
Gangster rapper The Game doesn't want to be referred to as a gangster rapper anymore -- but it's not because he's changing professions ... it's because he's trying to win a court case. In the new documents, the gangster rapper is asking the judge to 86 all references to him being a gangster or gangster rapper during the trial ... because he's afraid it would prejudice the jury against him. In the docs, the gangster rapper also doesn't want any mention of his lyrics during the trial ... because they contain references to violence and profanity. (TMZ)
The incident initially took place three years ago in California.
The hip-hop star - real name Jayceon Taylor - was arrested in 2007 for possessing a firearm in a school zone following an altercation on a Los Angeles basketball court. He pleaded no contest to the charge, served eight days in jail and carried out community service as part of his sentence. However, Taylor is facing a civil action from basketball coach Shannon Rodrick, who filed suit in 2008 accusing the rapper of punching and threatening him during the incident. (Star Pulse)
Prior to being sued, a judge recommended mediation for the rapper.
Pleading no contest to possession of a firearm in a school zone and serving eight days of a 60-day sentence, Game was later ordered to 150 hours of community service and required to spend three years on probation. (SOHH)
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