What happened: Rapper The Game sent out a tweet Aug. 13 containing a number for the Compton police station's official help line, urging people to call it if they wanted an internship with him. A deluge of calls flooded in, preventing the Sheriff's Department from responding quickly to emergencies. The apology: Four days later — once officials began looking into a criminal investigation of the incident — The Game apologized on CNN. "My sincerest apologies to the Sheriff's Department, and it was a joke gone wrong," The Game, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, said. "If anybody wants to take it further than that, I guess they have to do what they have to do. Like I said, again, I never intended for anybody to take it the wrong way or for it to go this far, and just, you know, I think it's all nonsense. If my apology is not enough, I don't understand what else can be done." It was good enough for sheriff's officials, who dropped the investigation.
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