This past February, rapper Snoop Dogg's son, Cordell Broadus, committed to play college football for the UCLA Bruins. Along with redshirt junior defensive back Justin Combs, the son of rapper Sean "P-Diddy" Combs, this gave UCLA (to my knowledge) the overall lead in major college sports for the ever coveted "number of rapper offspring" statistic.
If there were a Vegas line on which of the two rapper dads would cause a career-limiting scene for his son on campus, Combs would probably have been the heavy favorite, like -350 or so. (Snoop just seems too laid back to really start anything remotely physical.) If you had that ticket on Diddy, go ahead and cash it in!
According to TMZ, Combs was taken into custody Monday afternoon after a physical confrontation with a strength and conditioning coach who was reportedly riding the younger Combs hard during a practice over the weekend. There are varying accounts of what went down,with the only commonality between the two sides of the story being the involvement of a kettle weight used by Combs in an attempt to strike UCLA strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi.
If that name sounds familiar, it should for longtime NFL fans. Back in 2010, Alosi was a strength coach for the New York Jets when he tripped an opposing player running down the sideline on a special teams play. Here is the video...
So with that in mind, know that there were originally two versions of what went down in the UCLA football offices earlier in the day on Monday. They each go like this:
1. Diddy confronted Alosi while Alosi was on the phone. Diddy was told to "hang on" but he didn't like that so he picked up a kettlebell and swung it, narrowly missing Alosi. One source said that if Diddy had connected, it could have killed Alosi.
2. Diddy claims the drama began during a workout session yesterday because Alosi was "riding Justin badly" and told him not to come back until the end of the summer. Diddy went to campus Monday to speak with Alosi, but things seemed doomed from jump when Combs arrived on campus Monday. According to sources, Alosi would not see Combs and staff told the rapper to leave. Diddy did not leave, though. Instead, he went to Alosi's office instead where Alosi told him to leave and threatened to call security if he didn't leave. Diddy said, "Fine, I'll call police" which made Alosi snap and go after Diddy with his hands. Diddy insists he grabbed a kettlebell and held it up in a defensive position and did not attack with an intent to injure the coach.
Late Monday night, Scout.com's UCLA website had a more detailed account of what went down:
In the next moment, according to many on the scene, Diddy attacked Alosi, until interns and other personnel pulled off Diddy. The celebrity broke free again at one point and struck Alosi. The personnel were then successful in getting Diddy out of the office and into the weight room, where Diddy picked up a kettlebell, which is a type of barbell, and then swung in at one of the interns.
Regardless of what triggered the melee and who was at fault, Combs was cuffed and taken to the campus jail. Eventually, later Monday night, he was transferred from the campus police station to the LA County jail:
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DIDDY UPDATE: Diddy was cuffed in the back of a campus patrol car as officers transferred him to L.A. County jail.— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) June 23, 2015
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
Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg spent his afternoon on Monday stoned and smiling somewhere, probably.
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