Written By Cyrus Langhorne
A Superior Court judge has urged West Coast rapper The Game to undertake mediation for his alleged assault and threat on a California basketball coach at a City Hoops game.
According to the Contra Costa Times, the Black Wall Street leader (born Jayceon Taylor) was sued on March 13 by pro-amateur coach Shannon Rodrick for assault and battery, negligence and civil rights violations before later submitting an amended complaint and requesting unspecified damages.
While they weren’t required, both Game and his attorney were missing from courtroom action yesterday, as Rodrick’s lawyer Portasha Moore was given a mediation option for the rapper.
“I hope Mr. Taylor will answer and defend this lawsuit,” she told the paper.
The altercation that resulted in the lawsuit stemmed from a City Hoops basketball game in South Los Angeles on February 24, 2007 where Game’s team, Litem-up, were losing by double-digits to Rodrick’s Blazers. During a time-out, he allegedly approached the coach saying “Your team is garbage” and “You guys are nothing but a bunch of busters,” according to the suit.
Turning from his players to approach Game, Rodrick was allegedly punched in the face before the rapper went to his car to grab a gun saying “I’m going to blast this fool.” He then proceeded to run into the gym and hide until Game left the basketball court.
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.
A trial date has been set for March 30, 2009.