Celebrity News June 25, 2015
Sources: Diddy's Son Bullied by Coach for Years, Mark Wahlberg Supports His Business Partner
Sean 'Diddy' Combs' son Justin, 21, was reportedly “verbally and psychologically” abused and harassed by UCLA football coach Sal Alosi for some time before the 45-year-old hip-hop mogul confronted him on Monday.
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Inside sources said coach Alosi sent Justin, a defensive back at UCLA, home from practice, and said not to come back until the end of summer. Diddy's goal was to talk to the coach, not to fight.
Diddy was arrested on three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery.
“Extra” chatted with Diddy's AQUAhydrate business partner, Mark Wahlberg at the New York City “Ted 2” premiere, where the actor shared some strong words of support for his co-partner after his recent assault accusations. Mark hasn't spoken to Diddy, but said, “I just know what a devout Christian and father he is and obviously he would do anything to protect his children.”
He continued, “I think it got blown out of proportion, but I hope everyone is okay and it gets resolved quickly.”
According to sources, Coach Alosi has a pattern of bad behavior.
Coach Sal's eight-year NFL career ended in 2010 following his suspension from the New York Jets. He was taken off the field by the professional club for tripping a Miami Dolphins player. He was later suspended indefinitely after it was discovered that he had allegedly instructed inactive Jets players to line up along the sideline to potentially impede opposing players.
General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said that Alosi had initially not been truthful about how the wall had been formed. He was fined $25,000 by the Jets and suspended for the remainder of the 2010 season. Alosi resigned from the Jets on January 31, 2011 and hasn't signed a contract in the NFL since.
Other alleged incidents go back as far as when Alosi was in college. He was arrested during his junior year at Hofstra University in Long Island. He was one of eight Hofstra students arrested on the Hempstead campus, and accused of forcing their way into a dorm room and assaulting three students. After pleading not guilty to misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault, punishable by up to a year in jail, Alosi later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of harassment in the second degree, a misdemeanor.
He was sentenced to a conditional discharge and 20 hours of community service, according to Chris Munzing, a spokesman in the Nassau County District Attorney's Office.
"Extra" reached out to the UCLA Athletic Dept. for comment, and Associate Athletic Director of Communications, Josh Rupprecht stated that this is an ongoing legal matter, and "they had nothing further to add to the UCPD/Jim Mora statements that were made on Monday."
UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora issued the following statement on Monday, June 22:
“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.”