Rapper and music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs was arrested on Monday, accused of assault with a kettlebell. Combs was on campus to watch his son at UCLA football practice.
The kettlebell incident occurred after Combs watched his son, Justin Combs, practicing as a member of the UCLA football team. After watching what he perceived as bullying by strength and conditioning coach Sam Alosi. Sean Combs followed Alosi into his office after practice, where after being ignored, he became enraged and struck Alosi.
Combs was allegedly furious that Alosi was screaming at Justin Combs throughout practice, and wanted an explanation. The weapon, a kettlebell, is a heavy piece of workout equipment, which could potentially be lethal. Alosi was allegedly berating the younger Combs for being lazy and not giving it his all. A rep for the Combs family has recently released a statement.
“The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate. What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son.”
Reports are now saying that Combs alleges it was all self-defense and defense of his child (age 21). The cast iron kettlebell as a weapon could turn the alleged assault into assault with a deadly weapon.
Already a bit of an outcast because of the forceful nature of his famous father, Justin Combs’ behavior, along with his father’s behavior (including the kettlebell use) is causing him to be ostracized by the other players, parents, staff, and the UCLA football family.
UCLA parent Lorenzo Hobbs was on campus that day to visit and watch his son practice.
“I think Diddy made the situation worse for his son,” said Hobbs, 56. “You want to protect your child and make sure they get treated fair, but a player needs to develop a relationship with coach to sort out conflict.”
Making matters worse for Justin Combs in kettlebell-gate is a statement by the head coach that Combs was only recruited because of his famous father and his money. Rick Neuheisel has no problem with the younger Combs as a person, just as a player.
“Justin is a great kid. His problem was his size. He’s not big enough to be a dominant player. Could he be productive? Yes. The fact his father was an influential guy played into my decision to go ahead and offer him.”
Would you consider a kettlebell a deadly weapon?
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