By Chelsea Lenora White
Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times
Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs was released from a Los Angeles jail late Monday, hours after he was arrested following a fight with a football coach at UCLA, where his son, Justin Combs, plays as a defensive back.
Jail records showed that Combs was released after posting bail. The records showed that Combs’ bail was $160,000, but sheriff’s officials reached by phone said he posted $50,000. The reason for the discrepancy wasn’t clear.
A rep from UCLA confirmed to Fox News that Combs, 45, was arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, which was a kettlebell. Later Monday, Los Angeles police updated the charges to 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 campus police said they were investigating the incident.
According to TMZ, which first reported the arrest, UCLA strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi was screaming at Justin as Combs watched from the sidelines. Combs allegedly confronted the coach in his office and was then arrested for assault.
Nathalie Moar, a spokeswoman for Combs Enterprises, said “I’m not commenting until all of the facts are sorted out.”
UCLA Football coach Jim Mora later issued a statement saying, “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.”
Alosi gained a measure of infamy in football circles while a strength and conditioning coach for the New York Jets. During a December 2010 game against the Miami Dolphins, Alosi was caught tripping Nolan Carroll as the player ran down the field covering a punt. Alosi was suspended and fined as a result of the incident and resigned the following month. He has been the strength and conditioning coach at UCLA since 2012.
Justin Combs is a redshirt junior defensive back on the UCLA football team, which has been working out on campus. He has played in just a handful of games in his three years with the team.
The son of another major rap star also plays football for the Bruins. Snoop Dogg’s son Cordell Broadus is a wide receiver who signed with the team this year.
The arrest is the latest in a series of allegations against Combs. He was acquitted of bribery and weapons-related charges in connection with a 1999 shooting at a New York nightclub. A jury cleared Combs of firing a weapon during the dispute that wounded three bystanders, as well as bribing his chauffeur to take the rap.
Combs was arrested in 1999 for his involvement in the beating of former Interscope executive Steve Stoute in New York. Combs apologized, the charges were reduced, and he was ordered to attend an anger management class.
It didn’t take long for rapper 50 Cent to get in his jabs at Diddy on Instagram. 50 Cent is a hilarious follow on Instagram and never shies away from trolling anyone, particularly Floyd Mayweather over the years when they were beefing.
“Puffy is in the UCLA campus jail, right now,” 50 Cent pretends to say while on an imaginary phone call. “Sh-t got real with the coach… you know how sh-t goes.”
He then pretends to walk off. In reality, this is probably more of an attempt on 50 Cent’s part to take advantage of his large social media following and a hot story to promote Effen Vodka, which is featured in the background of the video heavily.
And it is genius on his part.