Diddy ar­rested at UCLA

The rap­per is ac­cused of as­sault with a ket­tle­bell at a UCLA ath­letic train­ing fa­cil­ity.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Ryan Parker

Rap­per is de­tained on sus­pi­cion of as­sault with a deadly weapon on cam­pus where his son plays football.

Rap­per Sean “Diddy” Combs was ar­rested Mon­day on sus­pi­cion of as­sault with a deadly weapon at UCLA, where his son plays football.

UC po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rested Combs, 45, about 12: 30 p. m. at the Acosta Ath­letic Train­ing Com­plex af­ter he al­legedly as­saulted some­one with a ket­tle­bell — a round piece of weightlift­ing equip­ment with a han­dle that is usu­ally made of cast iron.

Author­i­ties de­clined to iden­tify the vic­tim or to de­tail what led up to the in­ci­dent.

No one was se­ri­ously in­jured, po­lice said.

Combs was taken to the Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff ’ s Depart­ment In­mate Re­cep­tion Cen­ter on Mon­day evening and booked on felony charges in­clud­ing three counts of as­sault with a deadly weapon, one count of mak­ing ter­ror­ist threats and one count of bat­tery. He was later re­leased on bail.

The rap­per’s son Justin is a de­fen­sive back on the Bru­ins football team.

“I’m thank­ful that our staff showed the level of pro­fes­sion­al­ism that they did in han­dling this sit­u­a­tion,” Bru­ins head coach Jim Mora said in a state­ment.

“This is an un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent for all par­ties in­volved,” he said, adding that while the univer­sity’s Po­lice Depart­ment “con­tin­ues to re­view this mat­ter, we will let the le­gal process run its course and re­frain from fur-

ther com­ment at this time.”

Calls to Combs’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives for com­ment were not re­turned.

Combs is one of two rap moguls with sons play­ing football for the Bru­ins. The other is Snoop Dogg, whose son Cordell Broadus is also on the team.

Justin Combs, who grad­u­ated from Iona Prep in New Rochelle, N. Y., in 2012, ac­cepted a full merit- based ath­letic schol­ar­ship to play football at UCLA.

He turned down schol­ar­ship of­fers from Illi­nois, Vir­ginia and Wy­oming.

When some ques­tioned whether he should have re­ceived the fi­nan­cial help given his fa­ther’s wealth, Justin Combs de­fended the de­ci­sion on Twit­ter.

“Re­gard­less what the cir­cum­stances are, I put that work in!!!! PE­RIOD,” he wrote in 2012.

Ac­cord­ing to his bi­og­ra­phy on the Bru­ins’ web­site, Justin Combs has played in seven games. He is listed as a red­shirt ju­nior, which means he is el­i­gi­ble to play this year and next.

Mon­day’s in­ci­dent is just the latest in Sean Combs’ high- pro­file en­coun­ters with the law.

He 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.

Combs and Stoute have since mended their re­la­tion­ship, ap­pear­ing on­stage to­gether at Cannes in 2013.

In 2001, jurors found Combs not guilty on charges of weapons pos­ses­sion and at­tempted bribery that stemmed from a 1999 shoot­ing at a crowded Man­hat­tan dance club.

Combs tes­ti­fied he had no role in the shoot­ing, which oc­curred af­ter his en­tourage got into an al­ter­ca­tion with oth­ers at the club.

Af­ter the shoot­ing, Combs and then- girl­friend Jen­nifer Lopez f led in a sport util­ity ve­hi­cle that po­lice stopped sev­eral blocks away.

A gun was found in the ve­hi­cle. Combs was ac­quit­ted on a charge that he tried to bribe his driver to say he owned the weapon.

The night­club in­ci­dent oc­curred two years af­ter Combs was a wit­ness to the killing of Christo­pher Wal­lace, bet­ter known as No­to­ri­ous B. I. G., out­side an in­dus­try party in Los An­ge­les.

Wal­lace was shot to death six months af­ter Tu­pac Shakur was killed in Las Ve­gas. Shakur, a ri­val rap star, had pre­vi­ously ac­cused Combs of set­ting him up to be shot and robbed at a New York stu­dio.

Ear­lier this year, an Ari­zona man ac­cused Combs of punch­ing him in the face at a Su­per Bowl party. Combs was not ar­rested.

Justin Lane EPA

SEAN COMBS’ son Justin is on the Bru­ins football team.

Jay L. Clen­denin Los An­ge­les Times

RAP­PER SEAN COMBS is driven away from cam­pus by UCLA po­lice on Mon­day. Author­i­ties de­clined to iden­tify the vic­tim or to de­tail what led up to the in­ci­dent.

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