Diddy Says UCLA ‘Kettlebell’ Incident Was Self-Defense [Details]
Rucuss staffJune 23, 2015
Puff Daddy is in trouble!
But the Bad Boy CEO doesn’t seem to think so. Although Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon on Tuesday, he claims he was only defending himself and his son when he got into a violent confrontation at UCLA’s Acosta Athletic Training Complex.
Police said the 45-year old used a kettlebell in the confrontation sometime before 12:30 p.m. A kettlebell is a round piece of weightlifting equipment with a handle, usually made of cast iron.
Diddy insists he was not the aggressor.
“The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate,” spokesman for Diddy said in a statement. “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.”
Diddy’s company, Revolt, identified the assistant coach involved in the conflict as Sal Alosi. He’s the same guy who tripped a Miami Dolphin’s player during a special teams play in 2010 as an assistant. Alosi was suspended by the NFL for that incident. He ultimately left the league and took a job at Rhode Island’s Bryant College.
Diddy 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 freed from custody Monday night.
“I’m thankful that our staff showed the level of professionalism that they did in handling this situation,” Bruins head 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.”
“We are aware of the reports and are looking into the matter,” UCLA director of media relations Phil Hampton said.
Diddy’s son Justin is a defensive back on the UCLA Bruins football team. Justin, who graduated from Iona Prep in New Rochelle, N.Y., in 2012, accepted a full merit-based athletic scholarship to play football at UCLA.
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