In one of the more bizarre stories of the offseason, hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon while on the campus of UCLA on Monday. He is accused of of swinging a kettlebell at a UCLA staff intern (who was trying to intervene) and attacking UCLA strength coach Sal Alosi. Diddy was upset that Alosi kicked his son (Justin Combs, a redshirt junior defensive back on the team) out of the weight-room facilities for missing some workouts and for not giving max effort.
Initial reports had Combs confronting Alosi, with Alosi threatening to call security to remove Diddy from his office if he didn’t leave. It was then that Diddy supposedly got irate and attacked Alosi. He then grabbed a kettlebell and almost hit an intern with it as he was trying to get back at Alosi.
Diddy is now claiming self-defense in the matter.
More from John Antczak of the Associated Press:
“The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate,” Nathalie Moar, a rep for Combs Enterprises, said in a statement to The Associated Press. “What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son.”
Diddy was arrested Monday for an alleged assault involving a weight-room kettlebell at the athletic facilities of UCLA, where his son plays football, a university statement said.
Diddy, 45, was freed late Monday after posting bail, several hours after his afternoon arrest, jail records showed.
“We are confident that once the true facts are revealed, the case will be dismissed,” Combs Enterprises said.
BruinReportOnline, who first reported the news, says there is video of the incident and that police saw it and found Diddy was at fault. They also say UCPD has charged Diddy to three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery.