Rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs was arrested by UCLA Campus Police on Monday, after an altercation with Bruins assistant coach Sal Alosi in which Combs is alleged to have assaulted Alosi and several interns with a kettlebell.
The incident occurred after Alosi chewed out Combs’ son, redshirt junior defensive back Justin Combs, during a Bruins practice at which Diddy was present. TMZ.com reported that Alosi was “riding Combs hard,” during strength and conditioning drills, screaming, “I don’t care if your dad’s here. This is UCLA. I’m going to treat you just like I treat everyone else.”
After practice, Diddy allegedly followed Alosi into his office and grabbed him. Alosi told interns to call security and told Justin Combs to get his father out of the office.
At that point, Diddy is alleged to have come around Alosi’s desk, stating that he would call security himself from the coach’s phone, and walked into Alosi’s hand, prompting Diddy to tell Alosi not to put his hands on him. Diddy then allegedly attacked Alosi and had to be physically removed from the coach’s office into the weight room where he picked up a kettlebell and proceeded to swing it at an intern.
Diddy has since been charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of battery, and one count of making terrorist threats. He posted bail and will return to court on July 13.
TMZ.com has reported that the UCLA coaching staff has moved on from the incident, and are “regretful the situation escalated into an arrest.”
In a statement released on the university’s website, head coach Jim Mora said:
“I’m thankful that our staff showed the level of professionalism that they did in handling this situation. This is an unfortunate incident for all parties involved. While UCPD continues to review this matter, we will let the legal process run its course and refrain from further comment at this time.”
UCLA’s athletic facility is equipped with security cameras which caught the incident on video. Other videos taken with cell phones are also believed to exist. Diddy’s camp, meanwhile, is claiming self-defense. In a statement to the Associated Press, a representative for Combs Enterprises said, “What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son.”
Justin Combs is listed at 5’7″, 170 lbs, and has appeared in seven games for the Bruins. His playing time this season, prior to the incident, was already expected to be minimal.
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