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Blog: Diddy, with a Kettlebell, in the UCLA Weight Room

The Diddy attack at the UCLA training complex on Monday has taken on a life of its own. What have we learned? We’ve learned that a kettlebell can be used as a deadly weapon.

People outside the fitness industry are just learning what a kettlebell is. One story about the Diddy incident describes a kettlebell as “a cast-iron or steel ball with a handle that is used for weight training,” according to The New York Times.

Diddy (aka Sean Combs) reportedly confronted UCLA assistant football coach Sal Alosi (who was last seen tripping a Miami Dolphins player on the sideline when he was a New York Jets strength coach) at the UCLA Acosta Athletic Training Complex. Diddy was angry about Alosi’s handling of his son, Justin Combs, a redshirt junior defensive back on the UCLA football team whom Alosi reportedly kicked out of a workout for a lack of effort. It is not clear whom Diddy allegedly attacked with the kettlebell.

Diddy was arrested and charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery. He was released Monday night on $50,000 bail and has a court date on July 13.

Here’s the statement from UCLA and head football coach Jim Mora:

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. No one was seriously injured and UCPD is investigating. Combs is expected to be transported to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Inmate Reception Center later this evening.

Football 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.”

Since no one was seriously injured, it made it easier to take in these light-hearted takes on Twitter:

This story will only get crazier when and if the video is released.

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