MAGIC International issued the following press release on Tuesday (August 30):
Due to security and public safety
concerns, hip-hop artist The Game was not provided access to the world’s
largest fashion trade show event, the MAGIC Marketplace, today, officials
confirmed. The artist — who was accompanied by bodyguards allegedly carrying
concealed weapons — had been scheduled to make a booth appearance on behalf
of one of MAGIC’s exhibitors, 310 Footwear.
The Game was not “kicked out” of the show for possible involvement in the
recent Suge Knight shooting, as has previously been reported. According to
Las Vegas Convention Center Building Users manual, Nevada Revised Statute
202.3673 prohibits concealed weapons of any type on LVCVA property.
On Sunday, August 28, a representative from 310 Footwear’s security team
contacted MAGIC’s security representatives, Special Operations Associates
(SOA) Security, to solicit assistance with The Game’s scheduled appearance.
SOA was also contacted by the Las Vegas Police Department, which had earlier
been informed by 310’s security as well. SOA then briefed MAGIC
representatives of this communication.
Show and security officials concluded that 310 Footwear was not equipped
to handle the additional security measures required, and other options should
be considered. In response, an alternative appearance location was offered,
one that would be potentially less disruptive to business being done on the
show floor. After reviewing the space, 310 Footwear declined the offer.
On Tuesday morning, August 30, The Game arrived at the event site an hour
earlier than scheduled accompanied by five bodyguards — at least two of whom
were allegedly armed. After being informed by security officials that this
was a direct violation of trade show rules, all were escorted off the show
premises. MAGIC officials attempted to re-schedule The Game’s appearance
contingent on adherence to the concealed weapons policy, but the rapper’s camp