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Published on May 17, 2024
Former D1 Basketball Player Brendan Paul Strikes Felony Drug Plea Deal in Miami, Avoids Jail TimeSource: Miami-Dade Police Department

Brendan Paul, once part of Sean "Diddy" Combs' entourage and a former D1 college basketball player, has struck a plea deal to bypass jail time in a felony drug case, his lawyer confirmed. As WSVN reported, the 25-year-old was arrested in March at Miami-Opa-Locka Executive Airport, following which the Department of Homeland Security conducted raids at Combs' residences in Miami and Los Angeles as part of a federal probe into human trafficking.

As a piece of the plea deal arranged by his defense, Paul is required to complete a six-month drug and substance abuse program. Upon completion, the charges leveled against him will be dismissed, as outlined in a statement issued by Paul's attorney, Brian Bieber. "Brendan accepted the prosecutor's offer to permit his entry into the diversion program which, after completion, the case against him will be dismissed in its entirety," Bieber said. The Miami-Dade State Attorney's office, claiming that as part of the plea, Brendan must also participate in and finish the diversion program, confirmed this accord per VIBE.

No charges have been brought against Diddy in relation to Paul's arrest or the ensuing investigation. Homeland Security officials stressed that the hip-hop mogul is not cited in the arrest affidavit. While Brendan Paul was engaged in this legal battle, his erstwhile mentor Diddy was contending with a separate lawsuit that accuses him of assaulting a 17-year-old girl nearly two decades ago. In response to the lawsuit, Diddy's attorney, Jonathan D. Davis, released a statement on May 10 seeking dismissal, denouncing the allegations as "false and hideous." "This stunt is intended to prominently showcase a baseless and time-barred claim, which was designed to cause the Combs Defendants unwanted publicity, embarrassment, and financial costs, so Plaintiff could extract an undeserved financial recovery from them," Combs' motion read, as described in an interview by VIBE.

After his arrest with marijuana-infused treats and cocaine on him, the Miami-Dade authorities revealed that Paul must participate in and conclude a drug diversion program as part of his plea, following which he will evade jail time. Found at the airport on the day he was arrested, Combs' homes were simultaneously searched in connection with sex trafficking investigations, ultimately not leading to charges against Diddy. As per WSVN, the senior official made it clear that Combs was not targeted as part of Paul's criminal proceedings.

Prior to his involvement with Combs, Paul played basketball at Syracuse before transferring to a DII school in West Virginia, where he majored in business with aspirations of music production. Joining Sean Combs' circle in 2022, Paul's current predicament marks a significant detour from his planned trajectory. On Instagram, Diddy recently alluded to his ongoing challenges with a post that simply read, "Time tells the truth," combined with a caption penned, "LOVE." Brendan Paul's own future, now hinging on the successful completion of his court-mandated program, suggests a long road ahead to redemption and perhaps, a reinvented life narrative, as reported by VIBE.

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