A day after music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs allegedly attacked UCLA strength coach Sal Alosi and was charged with assault with a deadly weapon in using a kettlebell, his representatives are attempting to alter the narrative. Nathaniel Moar, of Combs Enterprises, told The Associated Press that Combs' actions were in defense of himself and his son, Justin, who is a reserve defensive back for the Bruins.
"The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate," Moar said. "What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son."
UCLA campus police took custody of Combs shortly around 12:30 p.m. Monday, and he was taken to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Charges included battery, assault with a deadly weapon and making terrorist threats. He was released after posting bail and given a July 13 court date. Reportedly, Combs took exception to Alosi's treatment of his son, and entered Alosi's office to confront him. From there, an altercation ensued. According to scout.com, Combs had to be restrained and removed from Alosi's office by UCLA staff, but Combs broke free and struck Alosi and swung the kettlebell at one of the Bruins' interns.
As no charges were brought against a UCLA staff member, Moar's claim of self-defense would appear to not only contradict media reports detailing the incident, but police accounts as well.
UCLA coach Jim Mora issued the following statement: "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."
Justin Combs posted on Instagram on Tuesday in support of his father.