Combs says incident at UCLA was self-defense
LOS ANGELES — Sean “Diddy” Combs was defending himself and his son when he got into a violent confrontation at a UCLA athletic complex and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, his representative said Tuesday.
Police said Combs, 45, used a kettlebell in the confrontation inside the Acosta Athletic Training Complex on campus Monday. A kettlebell is a round piece of weightlifting equipment with a handle, usually made of cast iron.
But any reports that Combs was the aggressor are inaccurate, spokeswoman Nathalie Moar, Combs Enterprises senior vice president, said in 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. We are confident that once the true facts are revealed, the case will be dismissed,” the statement said.
Combs’ company, Revolt, identified the coach involved in the conflict as Sal Alosi, who gained notoriety in 2010 for tripping a Miami Dolphins player during special-teams play. He was suspended by the NFL for that incident and ultimately left the league and took a job at Bryant College, a small school in Rhode Island.
Combs initially was held for investigation of three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery. No one was seriously injured, and Combs was released from custody Monday night, jail records show.
Combs’ son Justin is a defensive back with UCLA.
“I’m thankful that our staff showed the level of professionalism that they did in handling this situation,” Bruins 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.”
Combs is one of two famous rap moguls with sons playing football for the Bruins. Cordell Broadus, Snoop Dogg’s son, is also on the team.
Justin Combs, who graduated from Iona Prep in New Rochelle, N.Y., in 2012, accepted a full merit-based athletic scholarship to play football at UCLA.
He turned down scholarship offers from Illinois, Virginia and Wyoming.
When some questioned whether he should have received the financial help, given his father’s wealth, Justin Combs defended the decision on Twitter. “Regardless what the circumstances are, I put that work in!!!! PERIOD,” he wrote in 2012.
According to his bio page on the Bruins’ website, he has played in seven games. He is listed as a redshirt junior.
Stephanie Alvarez, a recent UCLA graduate, said she already had heard various versions of what happened during the alleged confrontation, some harder to believe than others.
“First, I heard that Diddy came in with a big squad. Then a friend told me that the room was all smashed up after he finished with the coach,” she said. “I don’t know if I believe any of it. But it just shows how much people love to talk about celebrities.
“I feel bad for the son, though. He didn’t ask for any of this.”