Video: Diddy boppin’ out of jail after alleged assault on UCLA football coach, staff

posted at 10:41 am on June 23, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

Not everything is about the Benjamins. Yesterday evening, hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs had to post $160,000 in bail to walk out of jail after getting arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, among other charges, at UCLA. Combs’ son plays football for the school, and Combs reportedly grew irate over the way a coach was yelling at him during training. According to staffers who call Combs a “helicopter dad,” he allegedly struck Sal Alosi and then threatened Alosi and other staffers with a kettlebell — which turns out to be the dangerous weapon:

Music mogul and entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs was released on bail Monday night, hours after being arrested for allegedly assaulting UCLA assistant football coach Sal Alosi with a kettlebell over an incident involving his son, who is a redshirt junior defensive back for the Bruins.

Combs was charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery after a dispute over Justin Combs allegedly escalated in the coach’s office at the Acosta Athletic Training Center shortly after noon PDT. (Kettlebells, usually made of cast iron, are round weights of varying sizes that have a handle attached.)

At first, Combs’ representatives had no comment. Later, they sent their version of the incident to TMZ. In it, Combs came to UCLA for a discussion with Alosi about a personality conflict with his son, and it was Alosi who flipped out:

Our Diddy sources say the coach would not see him and staff told him to leave … but Diddy went to Alosi’s office instead where Alosi told him to get out and threatened to call security if he didn’t leave.

We’re told Diddy said, “Fine, I’ll call police” … and Alosi snapped — going after Diddy with his hands.

We’re told Diddy insists he grabbed a kettlebell and held it up in a defensive position … but did not attack with an intent to injure the coach.

Er … seems legit, no? TMZ’s original report indicated that the entire incident had been caught on video. If that’s the case, then we should know pretty quickly which side is telling the truth. The fact that three counts of assault have been added to the one count of assault with a deadly weapon makes it seem as though the reports of multiple victims have some credence. It’s worth noting, as TMZ does, that Alosi’s most well known for this 2010 incident as a New York Jets coach in a game against division rival Miami Dolphins:

This play happened with 2:58 left in the third quarter, when the Dolphins punted to Jets receiver Santonio Holmes(notes). As Holmes took the ball for a short return, cornerback Nolan Carroll(notes) was hurt on the right sideline as he rushed down to cover the play. The replay showed strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi extending his knee just enough to trip Carroll up on the play. Carroll was down for a minute, but returned to play later in the game.

Alosi offered multiple apologies for his conduct, but got suspended by the league and eventually let go by the Jets. So, it’s not as if either of the main parties in this case has an exemplary public record of mature judgment.

So what’s next? If the video corroborates Combs’ version, one will imagine that the legal charges will get dropped, and so will Justin Combs from the Bruins. If the video corroborates Alosi’s version of events, one will imagine that … the legal charges will get dropped, as will Justin Combs from the Bruins. No one expects Combs to go to trial over this even if he did do this, do they? At worst, he’ll go get some anger-management classes (which may not be a bad idea), and his son will look for another team. He’d have to forgo his full scholarship to UCLA, which already raised a few eyebrows considering the wealth his family has, but the LA Times reports that he also had scholarship offers from Illinois, Virginia, and Wyoming. They’d probably be happy to extend another offer for a full ride, but it may come with the caveat that his father stay away from practices.


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The lesson here: Don’t recruit the sons of rap er, “artist” for your football program.

You won’t like the entourage and baggage that goes along with it.

ConstantineXI on June 23, 2015 at 10:44 AM

This is shocking. When did violence become a part of hip-hop culture?

mankai on June 23, 2015 at 10:45 AM

It’s a east coast-west coast feud.

Redstone on June 23, 2015 at 10:45 AM

According to staffers who call Combs a “helicopter dad,” he allegedly struck Sal Alosi and then threatened Alosi and other staffers with a kettlebell — which turns out to be the dangerous weapon

The way that thing thunks on the floor when you drop it, I have sympathy for the floor. I can’t imagine how someone’s face would feel by being used to stop a lunging kettlebell.

chrisbolts on June 23, 2015 at 10:48 AM

He was just stickin’ it to The Man.

No Justice, No Peace!

Brian1972 on June 23, 2015 at 10:58 AM

Diddy did it.

Flange on June 23, 2015 at 10:58 AM

Not to give Mr. Combs a pass but they want to call this “terrorist threats”? We seem to really be playing fast and loose with words nowadays.

Cindy Munford on June 23, 2015 at 10:59 AM

BS talks – and Diddy’s money walks.

I suspect this will quickly fade away.

jake-the-goose on June 23, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Think of all the “street cred” that Diddy will get out of this!!

Khun Joe on June 23, 2015 at 11:03 AM

Cindy Munford on June 23, 2015 at 10:59 AM

Indeed. Given the natural dynamics involved here – football, hip hop, parental concern, coach authority, etc. – that’s probably the most unusual thing about this whole incident.

Cleombrotus on June 23, 2015 at 11:04 AM

Constatine and mankai you guys are ignorant. Numerous hip hop stars past and present have kids in sports programs all around the country but of course you couldn’t avoid an opportunity to push your narrative right? See its not just a “leftist” thing it’s pretty much human nature. The lesson here, as it is with anyone whose played sports or have kids who played is some parents just need to let the coaches do their jobs and try not to get upset when they don’t treat them like the delicate flowers that you may think they are. I volunteered as a coach for a 3rd grade basketball team and even some of the parents would give me a hard time for making their kids run too much (in their eyes) smh…

Politricks on June 23, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Politricks on June 23, 2015 at 11:05 AM

You got a point there.

Snoop Dogg coaches a Pop Warner League football team.

Insane behavior from parents over their kids on the field is something that unites America. :)

Brian1972 on June 23, 2015 at 11:07 AM

Constatine and mankai you guys are ignorant. Numerous hip hop stars past and present have kids in sports programs all around the country but of course you couldn’t avoid an opportunity to push your narrative right? See its not just a “leftist” thing it’s pretty much human nature. The lesson here, as it is with anyone whose played sports or have kids who played is some parents just need to let the coaches do their jobs and try not to get upset when they don’t treat them like the delicate flowers that you may think they are. I volunteered as a coach for a 3rd grade basketball team and even some of the parents would give me a hard time for making their kids run too much (in their eyes) smh…

Politricks on June 23, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Yep.

JetBoy on June 23, 2015 at 11:07 AM

The lesson here, as it is with anyone whose played sports or have kids who played is some parents just need to let the coaches do their jobs and try not to get upset when they don’t treat them like the delicate flowers that you may think they are.

Politricks on June 23, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Well said

jake-the-goose on June 23, 2015 at 11:07 AM

That’s right, jump to conclusions that make you a victim, then lash out with self-righteous violence. It’s becoming a theme among the protected class these days.

otlset on June 23, 2015 at 11:07 AM

Hard to be a helicopter dad from those other states and even harder to imagine Combs willing to live in any of them.

Cindy Munford on June 23, 2015 at 11:09 AM

Cleombrotus on June 23, 2015 at 11:04 AM

So weird how fast the authorities are to rule that word out and then apply it here. I am sure all involved will be fine legally in the end.

Cindy Munford on June 23, 2015 at 11:12 AM

I attacked the coach
I beat his butt
Hey Watchoocallin
Some kinda nut?

signed Barry Piffle Pocketwatch

clandestine on June 23, 2015 at 11:16 AM

What a POS!

rjoco1 on June 23, 2015 at 11:18 AM

Er … seems legit, no? TMZ’s original report indicated that the entire incident had been caught on video. If that’s the case, then we should know pretty quickly which side is telling the truth.

Reminds me of true crime stories I like to watch on TV. The wife says her husband was coming at her with a gun; it was self-defense. Usually she gets first degree murder anyway, unless it’s an all-woman jury. It will be fun to watch the videotape of this and compare it to the various versions people have told.

LashRambo on June 23, 2015 at 11:19 AM

Hey, it’s Sal Alosi – we don’t know what happened in that office, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Alosi shares the blame.

What’s next for Sal? A conditioning coach job at a high school?

Ward Cleaver on June 23, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Politricks on June 23, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Puff Daddy, Snoop Dogg, I think there are few other rappers w/ kids at top football programs, also one of Bob Marley’s kids played at Miami w/ “the Rock” in the late 80s.

Redstone on June 23, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Not to give Mr. Combs a pass but they want to call this “terrorist threats”? We seem to really be playing fast and loose with words nowadays.

Cindy Munford on June 23, 2015 at 10:59 AM

Were the victims white? Oh, this is rich.

LashRambo on June 23, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Combs is told to leave private property, he won’t, picks up a dumbbell … sounds pretty clear cut.

LashRambo on June 23, 2015 at 11:22 AM

Diddy wuz jus’ doin’ wut daddies do.

vnvet on June 23, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Redstone. Yeah Will Smith, Snoop and Puff all have sons that are star players but there’s a lot other lesser known stars with lesser known kids as well who are currently playing. The “helicopter dad/mon” can pretty much be found anywhere kids, coaches and parents congregate. Soccer fields, ice rinks, basketball courts, etc. They actually even had a show about it on TV for a while. I forget the channel but it was about Bully Coaches. It wasn’t too bad.

Politricks on June 23, 2015 at 11:28 AM

I originally didn’t want to post this comment and offend the “Go somewhere else!” crowd, but why is Hot Gas covering a nothingburger story like this?

Nevertheless, I read it, doesn’t seem like a big deal. This will go away fast.

Aizen on June 23, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Being a super rich God means never having to say you are sorry.

jimw on June 23, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Oh! “Coaching bad” on SpikeTV. Now those coaches were something else.

Far as Puff’s legal issues go I’m sure after his last run in with the law he realizes he has a lot more to lose than the coach so as of now I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. It’ll be interesting if a video is released. Jay Z said it best. :Paraphrasing: “If I hit you, I’m brainless. If you hit me, you’re famous. What’s a fella to do?!”

Politricks on June 23, 2015 at 11:36 AM

Constatine and mankai you guys are ignorant. Numerous hip hop stars past and present have kids in sports programs all around the country but of course you couldn’t avoid an opportunity to push your narrative right? See its not just a “leftist” thing it’s pretty much human nature. The lesson here, as it is with anyone whose played sports or have kids who played is some parents just need to let the coaches do their jobs and try not to get upset when they don’t treat them like the delicate flowers that you may think they are. I volunteered as a coach for a 3rd grade basketball team and even some of the parents would give me a hard time for making their kids run too much (in their eyes) smh…

Politricks on June 23, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Rap artists glorify violence, as pretty much everyone knows. A rapper is accused of assault. If you can’t find a joke in that….

Aside from jokes, we only have one side of the story at this point.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 23, 2015 at 11:36 AM

Politricks on June 23, 2015 at 11:05 AM

I coached softball and baseball for years… saw some angry parents… never, never, never felt like I was going to be physically assaulted with a “deadly weapon.” Actually, I never felt physically threatened in any way ever. I don’t believe assaulting coaches and threatening them with deadly weapons is standard.

What neighborhood do you live in?

As for the “not all” argument, that hardly excuses the numbers. Hey “not all” Nazis hated Jews! And “not all” Democrats are Marxists! Both true, but that does nothing for the general argument.

You don’t see a lot of folk singers getting a cap in the a$$ or ending up mowed down on a city street.

Nice try, though.

mankai on June 23, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Politricks on June 23, 2015 at 11:28 AM

Yeah throwing around kettle bells is not something anyone should probably be doing, but I wasn’t in the room and don’t know what went down.

To me it’s impressive that all of these kids end up at top flight programs,they wouldn’t be there if they weren’t any good.

Unless they are just there to ride the bench and get some donations from the father.

Redstone on June 23, 2015 at 11:41 AM

There goes the neighborhood. The rap artist that the main stream media glorifies…maybe. But there’s literally whole genres of rap that dont. Bet/mtv/and the radio stations just don’t play them bc that’s not what they want to promote. And I can take a joke, redstate made a good one calling it a east coast west coast beef but it’s all our duties to try to correct ignorance when we can. I agree with you about only having one side of the story. I’m betting nothing will come of this, people will sit down, talk calmy, apologize and it’ll be over. I mean does Puff want to hold a grudge against the school? Does the school want to hold a grudge against a guy who can focus his life on turning all the top prospects against them? I’d say the answer to both of those are no. It’ll dissappear.

Politricks on June 23, 2015 at 11:41 AM

Politricks on June 23, 2015 at 11:05 AM

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_deceased_hip_hop_artists

For a second I could have sworn this must be a list from the Newport Folk Festival./

mankai on June 23, 2015 at 11:42 AM

Mankai. As of now it could have been self defense. So you’re saying if a parent threatened you, you wouldn’t defend yourself? I posted earlier about a show called coaching bad on spike TV and it shows coaches getting in fights…sometimes physical fights with parents all across America so it obviously happens. YouTube is full of it. Just search “parents fight coach” or vice a versa. So I don’t know what “not all” argument you’re talking about. Even if puff did assault the guy that’s still one person out of thousands lol. Are you really arguing that one person is representative of an entire group?

Politricks on June 23, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Diddy has been out of control ever since he left the DK crew.

Gingotts on June 23, 2015 at 11:46 AM

Redstone. Yeah I remember the big argument over granting a scholarship to wealthy kids but you’re right. Their skills are what get them their. Puffs kid was rated top 20 in his class if I’m remembering correctly.

Politricks on June 23, 2015 at 11:48 AM

Mankai.

Looks a lot lime the list of rock n roll dead. What’s your point?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_deaths_in_rock_and_roll

My only point was that hip hop has nothing to do with helicopter parents and coaching. I’ve even told you they have TV shows about it and pointed you to YouTube since you seem to be amazed that this sort of thing happens. If you choose to remain close minded after all that then that’s is your God given right. Have fun with that…

Politricks on June 23, 2015 at 11:53 AM

THrow the little entitled dic k in jail with all of his fans…

Kuffar on June 23, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Politricks on June 23, 2015 at 11:48 AM

I think it’s impressive because you think they would want to just sit around, party etc. because it takes a lot of hard work to get into top programs like that.

Redstone on June 23, 2015 at 11:53 AM

P Diddy a helicopter dad, eh? So much for any street creds for his kid. “When I’m on the block and da sh*t get gritty, I puff out my chest and yell, ‘My daddy P-Diddy!'”

smellthecoffee on June 23, 2015 at 12:11 PM

smellthecoffee on June 23, 2015 at 12:11 PM

Hah! Best post or the day.

Cleombrotus on June 23, 2015 at 12:29 PM

Isn’t this the same dude you got up on stage and wrestled an MTV music award out of a little girl’s hands, because he just couldn’t stand seeing a white person win?

papertiger on June 23, 2015 at 12:29 PM

Attacking a coach in his office is the operative word.
Counting on there being at least one black on the jury I suspect.

papertiger on June 23, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Isn’t this the same dude you got up on stage and wrestled an MTV music award out of a little girl’s hands, because he just couldn’t stand seeing a white person win?

papertiger on June 23, 2015 at 12:29 PM

No, that was Kanye “the gay fish” West.

Flange on June 23, 2015 at 12:49 PM

If I were a college-level athlete, I’d insist my dad stay home during practices. Coaches can be hard on players, and whether it’s good-hard or bad-hard, the last thing you want is daddy helping you. Poor kid is going to be taking guff over this for the rest of his football career.

Immolate on June 23, 2015 at 1:18 PM

Too bad his kid didn’t go to Texas, or another Texas school. The assistant could’ve used stand your ground on P Douche!

anchorman on June 23, 2015 at 1:57 PM

I’ve seen photos of this coach. Puffed Up is lucky he only got arrested.
Sal Alosi is a fire plug. If “daddy” would have hit Alosi with a barbell it would have been the worst mistake of his life.

papertiger on June 23, 2015 at 2:13 PM

Politricks on June 23, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Might want to check the “Cause of Death” columns… quite a difference.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_deceased_hip_hop_artists

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_deaths_in_rock_and_roll

mankai on June 23, 2015 at 2:16 PM

“Terroristic threats” is a legal term used long before “terrorism” became a daily topic. They might need to find another term because it’s confusing, admittedly. Go to any bad ass movie and listen to the part where the bad asses bust in and start yelling all sorts of get-you-banned-from-HA greetings to their victims. Those are “terroristic threats” in the criminal law lexicon. It isn’t related to terrorism. But yet, it can sound weird when charged today.

IndieDogg on June 23, 2015 at 2:53 PM

The California State flag made him do it. It reminded him of UCLA’s mascot. Nikki Haley needs to get it removed.

NoPain on June 23, 2015 at 3:20 PM

Wow. The kid is already screwed; he’s in college for heaven’s sake, and Daddy Diddy is tagging along to keep his wi’l baby safe from mean people.

I guess independence from your folks isn’t something kids are searching for anymore.

Dolce Far Niente on June 23, 2015 at 5:53 PM

“Terroristic threats” is a legal term used long before “terrorism” became a daily topic.

Bet you a dollar Puffed Up said he’d be back by later with his boys to make the coach sorry.

street N -word’s are like that.

papertiger on June 23, 2015 at 6:27 PM

Baby Diddy was right there in the coach’s office alongside Diddy Sire. Wonder what the kid is majoring in, educationally speaking. Wonder what lesson(s) he learned out of the whole fracas. Predict he’ll turn out to be a fine upstanding citizen who will lead riots in Ferguson and Baltimore, and make us all proud to be Americans.

NahnCee on June 23, 2015 at 6:35 PM

Might want to check the “Cause of Death” columns… quite a difference.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_deceased_hip_hop_artists

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_deaths_in_rock_and_roll

mankai on June 23, 2015 at 2:16 PM

Shot in street (and let’s face it, that means shot by fellow minority) is the rapper’s cancer.

Whereas real cancer is the rocker’s cancer.

papertiger on June 23, 2015 at 8:06 PM

I hate rap.

stefanite on June 23, 2015 at 8:15 PM

Me too. Marvin Gay, Levi Stubbs, Barry White, and Luther Vandross are rolling over in their graves listening to this horsesh*t that masquerades as talent.

NoPain on June 23, 2015 at 10:56 PM