The football coaching staff at UCLA has reportedly decided the best thing for the school and everyone involved in the P. Diddy assault case is for the police to drop the charges against the hip-hop mogul.
Sources directly connected with the team told TMZ, the coaches are regretful the situation escalated to an arrest. They apparently think Diddy is just an pesky helicopter-dad who let his ego get in the way, but they don't want to make this a courtroom spectacle — largely because it would be bad for the team.
Sources with direct knowledge of the confrontation between Diddy — real name Sean Combs — and conditioning coach Sal Alosi told TMZ, after the incident the coaches all decided to just let it go. They believe an intern called UCLA police and when the cops arrived, they asked to see a video of the incident and that was enough to lock Diddy up.
According to TMZ, head coach Jim Mora does not want a criminal prosecution. The interns who were present and allegedly threatened could press the case further, but if Mora is against it they would probably follow suit.
Diddy claims he was "defending himself" during the incident that led to his arrest for assault with a deadly weapon in LA, says his representative.
Monday's alleged assault — involving a kettlebell, used for weight training — took place on the UCLA campus where the rapper's son is a redshirt junior defensive back on the football team.
Nathalie Moar, who represents Diddy said reports of the incident were "wholly inaccurate".
"What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son" said Moar. "We are confident that once the true facts are revealed, the case will be dismissed."
Jail records show Combs was released on bail on Monday evening, after posting $160,000 bond.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that the case will go to the L.A. County D.A. for felony review next week. The D.A. could prosecute even without victims but, a video could be problematic.
Diddy claims he picked up the kettlebell in self-defense after Alosi and four others made an aggressive move.