The Game apologizes for punching teammate during basketball game

The Game is apologizing for letting his emotions get the best of him.

Shortly after punching his teammate during a Drew League basketball game on Sunday, the rapper posted an apology for his part in the incident.

“Today was a tough one for me & my @drewleague team as we lost in the 2nd round of the playoffs by 2 points after winning the championship last season,” he wrote on Instagram (via Baller Alert). “I’ll take the blame & responsibility for it as well as the events (altercation) that led up to it. I say that to say, I’m writing this sincere apology to my teammate & lil brother @j_hennn for my role in our disagreement that went a lot further than it should’ve. I acted out of character & although as brothers for the last 7 years & one of my teammates I definitely consider family…. there are always heated moments on the court & in our locker room but it should never get to where it got to today.”

In a video of the fight posted to Twitter, The Game, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, can be seen punching his teammate Jarion Henry during their team Birdie’s Revenge’s 72-74 loss to Redemption. After the rapper landed the punch, the two squared up but were separated before things could escalate.

While the Game didn’t explain why he felt the need to sock Henry, he did say that there had been tension between the two men during the game.

“This is my apology fam,” he continued. “I love you like my own little brother & I keep replaying the moment in my mind wishing we both just let our tempers pass as we usually do but today it got out of hand.”

He also apologized to the rest of the league, commissioner Dino Smiley, staff and fans, especially families and children, who witnessed the altercation, and stressed that he is not the type of person who normally punches someone for no apparent reason.

“I sat with myself & I am honestly sorry for my role in today’s mishap,” The Game concluded. “I’ve talked to @j_hennn & we both voiced our opinions & as well our apologies to one another…. I just felt the only way for my feelings to reach out to all of you at once was to bring here…. So here I am. A man standing on his own two feet admitting his wrongs in today’s turn of events. Again, I’m deeply apologetic & I hope everyone has a great rest of the evening.”

Formed in South Central Los Angeles in 1973, the Drew League is a popular summer basketball league featuring pros and amateurs alike showing off their skills. Reigning NBA MVP James Harden, all-star DeMar DeRozan and Iggy Azalea’s ex-faincé Nick Young are among the bigger names to participate this year.

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