Diddy is definitely not dad of the year material.
UPDATE, June 23: Diddy’s rep has spoken out about the alleged assault, saying the rapper acted in self defense.
“The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate,” Nathalie Moar of Comb enterprises said in a statement. “What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son.”
Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs was arrested Monday afternoon after he allegedly assaulted a UCLA football coach with a kettlebell, according to Us Weekly.
“Shortly after 12:30 p.m. today, Sean Combs (also known as P. Diddy) was arrested at UCLA’s Acosta Athletic Training Complex on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, which was a kettlebell,” the UCPD told Us in a statement. “No one was seriously injured and UCPD is investigating.”
TMZ broke the story, reporting that Diddy was on campus to watch his son, defensive back Justin Combs, practice with the team. An assistant coach reportedly yelled at Justin, prompting Diddy to confront the coach in his office, where the altercation turned physical.
A kettlebell is an exercise tool made of cast iron. Its size and weight caused police to regard it as a deadly weapon when they charged Diddy with assault after the incident. A source close to Diddy told TMZ the rapper tried to call police during the fight, but that someone grabbed his phone from him.
Diddy was reportedly being taken to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Inmate Reception Center Monday night.
The UCLA football team’s head coach, Jim Mora, released a statement to Us, 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.”