Diddy’s Son Was Allegedly Bullied By UCLA Coach for Years
By now, chances are you've heard that Diddy was arrested and charged with battery, assault with a deadly weapon and making terrorist threats in the wake of an incident with an assistant UCLA football coach. The short version is this: Bruins strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi was riding Diddy's son, Justin Combs, during practice, eventually telling him to sit out the drill for lack of effort. Diddy didn't take too kindly to this, and later confronted Alosi in his office. The situation escalated, and Diddy reportedly swung a kettlebell at the coach. (Though it had not happened at press time, TMZ reports that UCLA brass, including head coach Jim Mora, would like for the charges to be dropped, feeling a court case would reflect negatively on the program.) Now, it's come to light that what happened between Alosi and the younger Combs is not an isolated incident. The New York Post's Page Six quotes a source close to the situation who says that “Justin has been bullied for nearly three years,” describing the coach's behavior as "over the top" and apart of Alosi's campaign of psychological warfare. Alosi even went as far as to kick Justin off the field and tell him to come back "at the end of summer." Sources say Alosi had a campaign of
TMZ also reports that in February Coach Sal Alosi had players in the the gym for a training session that Justin skipped because he was at the NBA All-Star game. When paparazzi captured a photo of him Alosi mocked Justin by putting a pic of him at the game sitting next to his dad and Ben Stiller on all the gym monitors for 24 hours. Alosi allegedly told players that "While you guys are training, this guy is sitting courtside with his dad."
Apparently, Justin--a redshirt junior who has played in seven games over two seasons as a defensive back and on special teams--has never been in great standing with the coaching staff. According to The Daily Mail, former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said on his Sirius XM show yesterday (June 24) that Combs was recruited in large part because of his father. "When you’re weighing the assets of what a youngster can do for your program, there’s no question [Diddy] had something to do with it for me," Neuheisel said. He qualified it: "Justin is a great kid. His problem was his size. He’s not big enough to be a dominant player. Could he be productive? Yes. The fact his father was an influential guy played into my decision to go ahead and offer him."