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By Andrea Peyser
June 29, 2015

Justin Combs needs to man-up and stop hiding behind his dad

Has Daddy Diddy turned from a badass urban rapper into a whiny suburban soccer mom?

If you’ve spent time at school soccer practices in the ’burbs, chances are good that you’ve seen insufferable parents shrieking bloody murder from the sidelines. Now, change the sport to football and add an entitled celebrity papa to the mix, and you’ve got the World’s Scariest Helicopter Dad. That would be Sean “Diddy” Combs.

“I’m gonna f-?-k you up!” Diddy ranted last week at Sal Alosi, 38, the strength and conditioning coach for his son Justin Combs’ football team, the Bruins, at the University of California, Los Angeles, TMZ quoted witnesses as saying.

Then Diddy, 45, allegedly swung a kettlebell (a heavy cannonball-shaped weight with a handle usually made of cast iron) at an intern.

Police charged His Diddyness with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon — the kettlebell — and one count each of making terrorist threats and battery. He posted bail and was released after nine hours in custody.

The younger Combs, 21, is set to be a redshirt junior defensive back this fall, but has played in only a handful of games in three years.

He’d missed several workouts and wasn’t putting much effort into an off-season practice, according to the BruinReportOnline. So Alosi yelled at him, kicked him off the field and ordered him not to return to practice until the end of summer.

Diddy was not pleased.

Hey — if my kid gets dissed, I shut up and grab a shot of whiskey. (My daughter would be mortified if I complained.)

Alosi had scratches on his face and his shirt was ripped, sources said, but no one was seriously hurt in the hissyfit, which was caught on security video.

UCLA staffers deride Diddy as a jerk and a “helicopter dad” for constantly hovering over his son. But while they think he should be banned from the playing field, they reportedly want charges against him dropped for the good of the team.

A Diddy representative gave me a different account of the fracas. It started, said the rep, after father and son drove to Alosi’s office at the campus training facility “just to talk.”

“Justin has been verbally and psychologically abused by this coach for the last three years,” the rep said, and Alosi also rags on the young man’s famous father. Six people jumped Diddy, this person said, as he confronted the coach, so he grabbed a kettlebell to his chest and held it in front of his body “in a defensive position.” He did not swing it, the rep insisted.

Born in Harlem and raised in the Westchester County town of Mount Vernon, Diddy, the never-married rap mogul, is a father of six kids by three different women. Last year, he bought a $40 million LA mansion. Forbes magazine estimates that his net worth is $735 million.

Wielding hard objects has gotten him in trouble before. In 1999, when he still performed under the name Puff Daddy, he pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment after he and two associates allegedly clocked a New York City record executive in the head with a champagne bottle, a chair and a telephone. A judge sentenced him to spend one day in an anger-management class.

That year, he was acquitted at trial of weapons-related charges in a Manhattan nightclub shooting in which three bystanders were injured, and was cleared of an allegation that he bribed his chauffeur into taking the rap. Last year, he fought in a Miami nightclub with Canadian rapper Drake, who was treated in a hospital for a shoulder injury. But the guys reportedly made up in a phone call, and plan to team up in lucrative ventures.

Alosi apparently is no day at the beach, either. A former strength and conditioning coach for the New York Jets, he was suspended and fined by the National Football League in 2010 for tripping a player on the opposing team during a game, and resigned from his job a month later.

While attending Long Island’s Hofstra University in 1999, Alosi pleaded guilty to a charge of harassment after he and pals allegedly broke into a dorm and beat three students. A judge sentenced him to perform community service. He has worked at UCLA since 2012.

Can Alosi win the allegiance of Justin Combs?

“I thank God for having a father that’s always there for me. Love you pops!” he wrote in a caption for an Instagram picture he posted this past Tuesday of him with his dad.

I appreciate fatherly loyalty. But Diddy needs to park his helicopter and quit buzzing his kid. Justin Combs needs to man up and stop hiding behind Dad — or quit the football team.

Even rich, privileged celebrity spawn must obey an authority figure, even one he doesn’t like. So must Dad.

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