The Game Heading To Trial February 4th

Compton, CA rapper The Game appeared in L.A. County Superior Court today (January 9) stemming from charges that he assaulted a man and pulled a gun on him during a game of basketball.

The rapper previously pleaded not guilty to the charges. Today, the rapper appeared in court, where a judge set a trial date of February 4.

Lawyers for The Game also claim that the LAPD has refused to give back $44,000 dollars that was confiscated during a May 2007 raid of the rapper’s Glendale, California home.

The Game, born Jayceon Taylor, is accused of assaulting a rival player during a game of pickup basketball at the Rita Walters Educational Learning Complex in South Los Angeles.

Police accuse the rapper of punching the man and pulling a gun on him during the incident.

In May, LAPD officers searched The Game's house seeking evidence in connection with the altercation when they confiscated the $44,000 dollars.

More controversy followed shortly after the raid, when footage hit the internet showing The Game counting $3,000 in a county jail holding tank, while flashing gang signs.

The footage resulted in an internal investigation by the LAPD, who reportedly disciplined an unnamed officer for leaking the footage on the Internet.

The judge also set a hearing for January 22, where he will decide if the LAPD is in contempt of court for refusing to return the cash.

In related news, The Game is currently in the recording studio, putting the final touches on his album, which is reportedly titled LAX.