Ex-Gophers QB Philip Nelson allegedly kicked man in head, leaving him in critical condition

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Philip Nelson's mugshot
:::: UPDATE :::: Philip Nelson was upset over girlfriend when he delivered possibly fatal head kick, charges say

Just after 2 a.m. yesterday, 20-year-old former Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson was arrested in connection with a Mankato assault that left former Minnesota State University linebacker Isaac Kolstad in critical condition with a brain injury.

According to a recording of the Mankato police scanner traffic pertaining to the incident, witnesses say Nelson kicked Kolstad, 24, in the head. Jail records indicate Nelson is being held in custody this morning on suspicion of third-degree assault resulting in substantial bodily harm. He hasn't yet been charged with any crimes.

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Mankato police say the incident happened in the city's "downtown entertainment district," near the intersection of Cherry and South Front streets.

Minnesota Police Clips, citing a portion of the scanner recording not published online, reports that before Nelson's kick, a witness saw a second suspect punch Kolstad. Kolstad fell to the ground and hit his head. At that point, Nelson kicked Kolstad.

Following the alleged assault, officers in the scanner recording can be heard describing Kolstad as "knocked out," "unconscious," and "gurgling." One officer said he'd been told Kolstad was kicked in the head twice.

The second suspect, described as a white male wearing a torn red shirt, hasn't been apprehended as of this morning.

Kolstad's father detailed Isaac's condition in this post on his CaringBridge page:
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Isaac Kolstad
Isaac suffered a severe head injury early this morning. He is currently in Critical condition and fighting for his life. He is young and strong, but the battle he has in front of him is enormous. He had one surgery today to put a pressure gauge in his skull. He may need additional surgeries in the coming days. We do know that his brain did sustain permanent damage. We do not yet know to what extent and won't for many days. He is very sick. Please pray for Isaac and all of those involved.
Nelson, 20, was Minnesota's Mr. Football while playing for Mankato West in 2011. He was the Gophers' starting quarterback for part of 2012 and most of last season, but announced in January he's transferring to Rutgers, citing a desire to play in an offense that throws the ball more.

Kolstad, a 24-year-old Mankato East graduate, played for MSU for three seasons before graduating in December. His wife is reportedly pregnant, and he has a 3-year-old daughter.

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Mary King
Mary King

The victim's family offered prayers to the perpetrator and his family. Bigger spirit than the vengeance I am reading here. This all reflects on our culture at its worst..... I envision too much alcohol, racism and big sassy talking between young men who knew better..... This is tragic! Let this be a lesson to all of us! Never, ever kick a man while he's down..... Brings us all down. Sad event and so many lives ruined or troubled forever.

Steve Schmidt
Steve Schmidt

Wow. My thoughts go out to the victim and his family.

Michelle Paolucci
Michelle Paolucci

Oh wow... this guys probably only sorry for himself and the fact he got caught!

Evan Shanley
Evan Shanley

Wow...and it wasn't even the right guy. Idiots.

Jodi Blomer
Jodi Blomer

More thugs that have been raised ro think they are above the law......

Denny Sid Scanlon
Denny Sid Scanlon

I'm with Bridget Sullivan on this. Hang the bastard. Eye for an eye.

Zane Holmin
Zane Holmin

Shouting for execution without trial or killing a person (as of now the victim hasn't died). you're part of the reason that i'am glad that we don't have the death penalty.

Zane Holmin
Zane Holmin

if you would have read the article you would know that he isn't on the gophers. Oh well, just dwell on the fact that he was a gopher for a year and that some how there is a correlation between "thugs" and MN college & professional sports

jbenecasa
jbenecasa

Anyone who tries to blame the victim here needs to have their head examined for the presence of a brain. There is no manner in which the victim is at fault, especially in this situation.

Brian Alvstad
Brian Alvstad

So you want to kill someone who attempted to kill someone? Get help Bridget

Bridget Sullivan
Bridget Sullivan

kicking someone in the head after he already was knocked out unconscious...is attempted MURDER!!!!!! Hang this fucker !!!

John Bunch
John Bunch

I'm sorry, but to me, stomping someone on the head who is already down is attempted murder, not third-degree assault.

Larry Czarnecki
Larry Czarnecki

From the thugs of the vikings to the thugs of the gophers. Sad we can't get players only thugs.

truckmeyer
truckmeyer

If you have a pregnant wife and three yo at home, why are you out jackin' around?

I hope this guy recovers, and gets his priorities straight.

The others involved need some time to think in a cell. A lot of time. A lot. They need to pay this guy's medical bills plus more. After that, they need to do a lot of community service. A lot of community service. A lot. They need to learn that they are privileged, and how to give back. Empty bedpans in a cancer ward for awhile with no pay. Learn some humility.

LOLOL
LOLOL

well, for starters, everybody that read the article and then took the time to comment on it

Emily
Emily


@jbenecasa Thank You!  I am so sick of the cops and others always trying to tell me what to do:  lock your doors, lock your car, don't leave valuables in plain sight in your car, be careful walking alone at night, wear your seatbelt, etc.


We should live in a society wear the cops catch criminals (or better yet where we don't even need cops because there are no criminals) so we can, as you said, "go where we please and not have to worry about safety," and where we don't have to lock our doors because there are no thieves, and we don't have to wear seat belts because no one crashes into our cars.

We should blame the cops for NOT DOING THEIR JOB when this stuff happens!  And they should spend more time keeping us safe and less time telling us to keep ourselves safe!

byork00
byork00

Technically he's a "thug Scarlet Knight" Larry. 

jm_wolf_1619
jm_wolf_1619

@truckmeyer  Right, how dare someone with a child go out and have a fun evening. This guy obviously got what was coming to him. Everyone knows that once you have a wife and kids you have to be home by 6:00 or else your priorities are screwed and getting kicked to the point of brain damage should be expected...way to blame the victim.

LOLOL
LOLOL

Emily doesn't ever leave the safety of her basement

Safetyfirst
Safetyfirst

He was fairly balanced in his comment. He wasn't solely blaming the victim, but the victim does need to accept some responsibility. In general it is wise not to put yourself in certain places at certain times around certain people.

Emily
Emily

@jbenecasa Thank You!  I am so sick of the cops and others always trying to tell me what to do:  lock your doors, lock your car, don't leave valuables in plain sight in your car, be careful walking alone at night, wear your seatbelt, etc.


We should live in a society wear the cops catch criminals (or better yet where we don't even need cops because there are no criminals) so we can, as you said, "go where we please and not have to worry about safety," and where we don't have to lock our doors because there are no thieves, and we don't have to wear seat belts because no one crashes into our cars.

We should blame the cops for NOT DOING THEIR JOB when this stuff happens!  And they should spend more time keeping us safe and less time telling us to keep ourselves safe!

jbenecasa
jbenecasa

@Safetyfirst  You're an imbecile. Victim blaming, whether the discussion is about assault, rape, murder, or any other crime, is never okay. We should live in a society where you can go where you please and not have to worry about your safety. JM Wolf had it right: this victim is not at fault in any way, and you're all incredibly dense if you think otherwise. I'm appalled that I had to even type this. Victim blaming is 100% wrong and anyone, including you, who participates in it need to severely reevaluate their stance in life.

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