Justin Combs is the son of hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs and a junior defensive back at UCLA. His father was charged with assaulting Justin’s assistant football coach with a kettlebell, a deadly weapon, during an altercation at UCLA’s athletic complex following a practice Monday afternoon, the university said in a statement.
The coach was not seriously injured. Sean Combs was held at the campus jail and “is expected to be transported to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Inmate Reception Center later this evening,” the university said.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Assistant Coach Was ‘Screaming’ at Justin During the Practice, Leading to the Confrontation
According to the TMZ report, Diddy was taken into custody early Monday afternoon after a fight with an assistant coach at the UCLA athletic facility.
TMZ reports that the coach, Sal Alosi, was screaming at Justin Combs during a strength and conditioning session, while Diddy watched from the sideline. Diddy later confronted the coach in his office and attacked him, leading to his arrest.
“I’m thankful that our staff showed the level of professionalism that they did in handling this situation,” UCLA head football coach Jim Mora said in a statement. “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.”
2. He Was an All-American Quarterback & Defensive Back While at His New York High School
Combs, a Mount Vernon, New York native, played in high school at Iona Prep. He was ranked as a three-star recruit by ESPN.com and the number 7 prospect in New York. He was Iona Prep’s starting quarterback as a senior and was an All-State and All-American.
3. He Has Played in 7 Games Over 2 Seasons as a Reserve & Special Teamer
Justin Combs, 21, is a junior defensive back for the Bruins. He has played in seven games during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, both on special teams and as a reserve on defense. He has recorded four career tackles.
4. His Scholarship to UCLA Created Some Controversy
Justin Combs is on a football scholarship at UCLA worth $54,000, which created some controversy in 2012 when he committed to the team because of his family’s wealth.
“Unlike need-based scholarships, athletic scholarships are awarded to students strictly on the basis of their athletic and academic ability — not their financial need,” the university said in a statement at the time. “Athletic scholarships, such as those awarded to football or basketball players, do not rely on state funds. Instead, these scholarships are entirely funded through UCLA Athletics ticket sales, corporate partnerships, media contracts and private donations from supporters.”
Diddy said in a statement after his son committed to the school:
As a parent, today is one of the proudest moments of my life. This is everything a father could want for his son, for him to excel at what he loves to do and is truly passionate about. Justin is a shining example of what hard work, determination and a strong mentality can achieve. I am honored to call him my son and am happy that he is fulfilling his dream.
5. He Is Diddy’s First-Born Son & Has 6 Siblings
Combs, whose mother is Misa Hylton, is Diddy’s first-born son. He has two brothers and four sisters.