Jim Mora Is Actually Using That P. Diddy Fight As A Recruiting Pitch Now
Remember last month when P. Diddy used a kettlebell to threaten several people in the UCLA football coaches office? Haha, good times. As it turns out, Diddy won't be facing felony charges for the attack, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Diddy reportedly took a swing at one or more coaches with the makeshift weapon during an argument about his son, UCLA defensive back Justin Combs. Apparently Bruins conditioning coach Sal Alosi had been riding Combs to work harder during a summer workout session.
Former L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley told the Times that assault with a deadly weapon charges — of which Diddy was facing three — are reduced to misdemeanors about half the time because of the “nature of the crime.” Dmitry Gorin, a defense attorney and former prosecutor, said the type of weapon also plays a role.
“When you miss with a kettlebell and there are no injuries, no recent criminal history and it is a parent-coach argument rather than a street crime, the totality of the circumstance doesn’t add up to a felony crime beyond a reasonable doubt,” Gorin explained.
The DA's office has yet to determine if Diddy will face misdemeanor charges.
On Monday, UCLA head coach Jim Mora (who was not present during the incident) addressed the situation on The Dan Patrick Show. And in true LA/Hollywood publicity style, he attempted to spin it to his own favor:
“There’s going to be distractions in LA. There’s gonna be stuff that happens in LA,” Mora said. “I’ve got P. Diddy’s son, I’ve got Snoop’s son. On campus there’s always celebrities all over. There’s cameras, sometimes you walk out of our practice, TMZ’s there. It’s just the way that it is when you’re at UCLA.
“I think it’s good for our kids because it teaches them to deal with distractions. We’re playing at the Rose Bowl in front of 85,000 people against a great team like USC, you better be able to assume focus. So I think all these things teach them how to eliminate the noise and focus in on what they have to focus in on.”
Next, Mora will enlist the speaking services of the great Patches O'Houlihan.
Diddy, by the way, is being represented by attorney Mark Geragos -- yes, that Mark Geragos, who in the past has represented Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder and Scott Peterson. As Mora said, you never know who you'll run into on the UCLA campus.
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