Sean Combs, better known as P. Diddy, was arrested Monday around 12:30 p.m. PT after getting into a physical altercation with a football coach at the University of California at Los Angeles. P. Diddy’s son, Justin Combs, plays as a defensive back for UCLA, a representative from UCLA confirmed to Fox News.
The media relations office from the university later said that Sean Combs was arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. The weapon used by Combs was a kettlebell. No one was significantly injured, and campus police are currently investigating.
According to TMZ, who first reported the fight, the coach was yelling at Justin Combs at UCLA’s Acosta Athletic Training Complex while Sean watched from the sidelines in disgust.
“One source says an assistant coach was screaming at Justin on the field during a strength and conditioning session,” according to the TMZ report.
The website goes on to report that “the coach was riding Justin, screaming intensely at him,” and that Combs watched the episode unfold from the sideline.
The coach has been identified as the strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi. He is best remembered as a coach for the New York Jets, who in 2010 tripped an opposing player from the sideline during live play.
TMZ reports that Combs “picked up a kettlebell and swung it, narrowly missing Alosi. One source said if Diddy had connected it could have killed Alosi.”
Sean Combs confronted the coach in his office and was later arrested for assault.
“I’m thankful that our staff showed the level of professionalism that they did in handling this situation,” head football coach Jim Mora said in a statement. “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.”
P. Diddy is expected to be taken to the LA County Sheriff’s office for processing, police said.
Justin Combs is a redshirt junior who has barely played for the Bruins. Justin is five-foot-seven and has appeared in seven games in his first two seasons, recording four tackles.
P. Diddy was previously charged with assault in 1999, in connection with an attack on an executive at Interscope Records. Prosecutors said that P. Diddy and two others beat the executive, Steve Stoute, with a champagne bottle.
Justin Combs is not the only player on UCLA whose father is a rap mogul, Cordell Broadus, son of Snoop Dogg, has committed to join the UCLA team next season.
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