P. Diddy Arrested At UCLA For Multiple Counts Of Assault After An Alleged Altercation With Son's Football Coach
P. Diddy's rep as a "bad boy for life" continues. On Monday, P. Diddy was arrested at UCLA after an alleged altercation with a football coach at the school's athletic facility, the university said in a statement. The rapper's charges were upgraded in the evening to three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats, and one count of battery, according to UCLA. He was booked in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Inmate Reception Center.
P. Diddy, whose real name is Sean Combs, was arrested shortly after 12:30 p.m. on an initial charge of assault with a deadly weapon, that weapon in question being a kettlebell. Not sure what a kettlebell is? It's a heavy weight used in workouts that was initially developed in Russia. An average kettlebell weighs 16 kilograms, or 35 pounds. According to the university, no one was seriously injured. Representatives for Combs did not return Bustle's calls for comment.
UCLA football coach Jim Mora said in a statement:
I’m thankful that our staff showed the level of professionalism that they did in handling this situation. 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.
According to TMZ, the incident took place when Combs allegedly confronted strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi in the team's office for being too hard on Combs' son Justin, who plays defensive back for the UCLA team. Alosi was once a New York Jets coach, notorious for tripping a Miami Dolphins player in the middle of a game. That led the NFL to suspend Alosi in 2010.
TMZ also reported sources close to Combs claimed he acted out of self-defense after Alosi allegedly went after the rap mogul with his hands. That's when Combs grabbed the kettlebell to allegedly use it in a defensive position. The altercation is reportedly all caught on video, according to TMZ.
This isn't Combs' first time in trouble with the law. Combs was cleared of multiple weapons charges after a lengthy trial for a 1999 club shootout that involved then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez. He was also arrested for driving on a suspended license in Florida in 2001.