The Game pleaded not guilty Thursday to punching and threatening to shoot a man during a pickup basketball game in South Los Angeles. The 27-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor,

The Game pleaded not guilty Thursday to punching and threatening to shoot a man during a pickup basketball game in South Los Angeles. The 27-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, is charged with three felony counts of making a criminal threat, possessing a firearm in a school zone and exhibiting a firearm in the presence of an officer.

Taylor, who entered the pleas in Superior Court, remained free on $50,000 bail and faces more than five years in state prison if convicted.

Prosecutors contend that during a Feb. 24 pickup basketball game, Taylor punched an opposing player, then pulled a gun from his red Cadillac Escalade and threatened to shoot him.

His attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Jayceon Terell Taylor, better known by his stage name The Game, who is a multi-platinum American rapper, poses for a photo at his home in Glendale, Calif., in a Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006 photo. Rapper 'The Game' pleaded not guilty Thursday to punching and threatening to shoot a man during a pickup basketball game in South Los Angeles.

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