Diddy's Son Breaks Silence on UCLA Brawl, Rapper Claims Self-Defense
By Meredith B. Kile
More details emerged Tuesday about the confrontation that led to Sean "Diddy" Combs arrest at a UCLA practice facility after the rapper reportedly assaulted an assistant coach for the Bruins football team with a kettlebell.
A source close to the situation told ET that strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi verbally and psychologically abused Diddy's son Justin, who plays defensive back for the team, and targeted him for three years. According to the source, the rapper and his son drove to the facility together on Monday without an entourage to speak with the coach in private, when the alleged assault occurred.
Justin broke his silence about the incident on Instagram, posting a photo of him and his father.
"I thank God for having a father that's always there for me," Justin wrote on Tuesday. "Love you pops!"
Justin's words seem to corroborate a statement released by Diddy's reps, alleging that the actions of the rapper and business mogul were in self-defense.
"The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate," the statement reads. "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."
This isn’t the first time Alosi has been in the news. He was suspended without pay and later resigned from his job as a strength and conditioning coach for the New York Jets in 2011, after admitting to tripping an opposing player from the sidelines during a punt return.
"I let everybody down yesterday with my actions," Alosi said in a press conference at the time. "My actions were inexcusable and irresponsible."
The incident resulted in a $100,000 fine for the Jets, who also said that Alosi admitted to organizing a "human wall" of inactive players during the return play, in an attempt to prevent opposing players from running near the sidelines.
"That's a thing that has no business in this league," Jets coach Rex Ryan said at the time, "or anywhere else."