In a shocking turn of events, renowned rapper and pop culture icon Sean “Diddy” Combs found himself at the center of controversy on Monday, June 22, when he was arrested on UCLA’s campus. The reason? An alleged altercation with Bruins assistant coach Sal Alosi, stemming from Alosi’s treatment of Diddy’s son, Justin Combs, during team practice.
Case of Diddy sent to the L.A. City Attorney
Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times wrote that “Sean Combs will not be charged with a felony in the UCLA kettlebell incident.” The case has been sent to the L.A. City Attorney to decide if a misdemeanor charge should be made.
After the fight with Alosi, Tracy Pierson of Scout.com reported on June 23 that the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office would file charges against Diddy:
“Sources inside the LADA’s office believe the case against Diddy is a good, pursuable one. As we’ve reported, UCLA’s athletic facility is equipped with security cameras, and reportedly the video footage of the incident is considered strong evidence. Campus police arrested Diddy Monday after they reviewed video.
A source also indicated that there are other videos taken from personal cell phones of the incident. It’s anticipated that those videos will be made public fairly soon.”
Diddy’s Son Comments on Father’s Arrest
There was an interview before the BET Awards where Quincy Brown was asked about his father’s arrest. He called it a “hiccup,” according to the Associated Press:
Details of Diddy’s Alleged Altercation with Alosi Emerge
The first arrest was reported by TMZ on Tuesday, June 23. It said that Alosi scolded Diddy’s son, defensive back Justin Combs, during strength and conditioning drills while Diddy watched.
The coach was “riding Combs hard,” TMZ said, yelling, “I don’t care if your dad’s here.” This is the UCLA. I will treat you the same way I treat everyone else. It is said that Diddy went to the coach’s office in the school’s athletic building after practice and grabbed him. A statement on the university’s website says that Diddy used a dumbbell as a weapon.
A representative for Combs Enterprises, Nathalie Moar, told the Associated Press (via ESPN.com) that the different stories about the event and the charges 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.”
“Once the real facts are known, we are sure that the case will be thrown out,” the statement said.
Pierson said on June 23 that Diddy and Combs went into Alosi’s office around noon and Diddy started to talk to the coach. Alosi told the workers to call security, and Diddy came around the desk and said he would use the coach’s desk phone to call security. The report says that Alosi told Combs to get his father out of the office, but Diddy reportedly walked into the coach’s hand and told Alosi not to touch him.
The story says that’s when Diddy is said to have attacked Alosi. Staff finally took him out of Alosi’s office and put him in the weight room, where Scout.com says he picked up a kettlebell and swung it at an intern.
It was written in the report that Alosi had scratches on his face and that the fight tore his shirt.
Amy Powell of Los Angeles’s ABC7 showed a shot of Diddy in the police car:
Police car carrying Sean Combs just left UCLA police station. He was arrested on campus for assault pic.twitter.com/l5gxZOUx9d
— Amy Powell (@abc7amy) June 23, 2015
After that, Diddy was charged with three counts of attack with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats, and one count of battery. The Orange County Register’s Ryan Kartje tweeted about this. Joey Kaufman of the Register says that he will go back to court on July 13 after making bail.
In the release, Bruins head coach Jim Mora said, “I’m thankful that our staff handled this situation with such professionalism.” All of the people involved are hurt by this event. We will let the legal process play out and not say anything else at this time while UCPD continues to look into this situation.
The rising redshirt junior Justin Combs is 5’7″ and weighs 170 pounds. He has played in seven games for the Bruins. There is no record of Ourlads on UCLA’s current two-deep cornerback depth chart. So, he probably won’t get much game time, unless it’s for sub-packages.
Conclusion: Seeking Closure
In the aftermath of the tumultuous events, one question lingers: Is P Diddy getting arrested a cautionary tale or a mere blip on the radar of celebrity scandals? Only time will tell as the legal proceedings unfold and the truth behind the incident comes to light. Until then, the world watches with bated breath, eager for closure and resolution in the saga of Sean “Diddy” Combs.