Philip Nelson was upset over girlfriend when he delivered possibly fatal head kick, charges say

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Kolstad (left), a 24-year-old father with a pregnant wife, isn't likely to recover from injuries he suffered during an altercation that ended with Nelson (right) allegedly kicking him in the head.
:::: UPDATE :::: Mankato police arrest "man in red" who allegedly punched Kolstad before Nelson's kick [MUGSHOT]

Former Gophers starting quarterback Philip Nelson has been charged with first- and third-degree assault for allegedly booting former Minnesota State University linebacker Isaac Kolstad in the head early yesterday morning. (Read the full backstory here.)

The incident partially involved a case of mistaken identity, the charges say. Nelson, 20, was upset because earlier in the night, a bouncer at Mankato's Blue Bricks Bar and Eatery flirted with his girlfriend. Later in the night, for reasons that aren't explained in the charging document, Nelson and Kolstad started arguing near a downtown bus shelter. When one of Kolstad's friends pulled Nelson aside in hopes of deescalating the situation, Kolstad approached and struck Nelson in the back, knocking him down. That prompted an as-of-yet-unidentified man in a red shirt to punch Kolstad, knocking him out cold and causing his head to bounce off the pavement. Nelson then moved in and delivered one or two kicks to Kolstad's head.

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Nelson later told police he thought Kolstad was the bouncer who had kissed his girlfriend on her hand at Blue Bricks, which wasn't in fact the case. (Nelson's girlfriend told police he's very protective of her.)

Nelson said neither he nor his girlfriend have any idea who the man in red is. During a news conference this afternoon, authorities announced they're still looking for him. (Mankato authorities uploaded a bunch of security stills and a couple videos of the second suspect on the city's website -- click here to view them.)

Officers say Nelson had bloodshot eyes and smelled like alcohol, and that his girlfriend, who is also underage, had been drinking too.

Yesterday evening, a doctor at the Mayo Clinic told a Mankato officer that Kolstad has a severe head injury and a severe pulmonary injury. Specifically, he suffered bleeding on the brain, a skull fracture, brain swelling, brain shifting, and deterioration of the lungs from lack of oxygen. The doctor said he's not sure Kolstad will survive his injuries, and even if he does, he's doubtful he'll make a good recovery.

The doctor said Kolstad's skull fracture is on the left side of his head, which is the area where Nelson kicked him.

To read the charges for yourself, click to page two.



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Crystal Roth
Crystal Roth

Well, Coach Kill is now 2-for-2 in players that left because they didn't like his system.

Doug Janni
Doug Janni

Ryan... I explained this to you in your comment below. Kolstad was the receiver of the sucker punch by the second guy which was also posted on this page 3 hours ago. Nelson was the one who claimed Kolstad punched first but was found to not be true. Funny that Nelson claims he remembers Kolstad punching first but conveniently doesn't remember kicking him. That is the true showing of a coward.

Molly Martinka
Molly Martinka

Ryan Blilie.. Kolstad is the victim any way tou and your narrow mind want to look at it. He is in a medically induced coma fighting for his life, that even if he is lucky enough to survive, he will never be the same. That is the definition of a victim. The other two jokers are facing criminal charges, but not brain damage and death

nondimenticar2
nondimenticar2

It will definitely take a trial to determine what the real facts here are.

Ryan Blilie
Ryan Blilie

Brant Brant Geyer I agree, but he is not a victim as I see it and this is why. when you throw the first punch you have to know that anything can happen after that. I would never kick a person when they are down but I also realize this is a possibility before I try and punch someone, and the story I got was that the Kolstad guy took a sucker punch when the guy was not even looking. that's what bothers me is he was the instigator and fighting dirty but they are calling him a victim. that was my point. But regardless yes it is tragic, and you should never kick someone when they are down, just like you don't sucker punch someone but because he was the one that got hurt now he is a victim, I disagree with that part of it.

Doug Janni
Doug Janni

Ryan Billie, that was found to not be true by the video... and "Charges say that’s when the unidentified suspect ran in and punched Kolstad, knocking him to the ground. The complaint states Nelson said he doesn’t remember kicking Kolstad in the head twice." Even though it's all on video. They just caught the second guy this morning and he and Nelson went to high school together. And how about not being an asshole??? You never kick or hit a person on the ground no matter what they may have done before hand... which in this case was NOTHING.

mikejoewin
mikejoewin

I've seen tons of streetfights in person & video, any combatant who goes to head kick an unconscious person on the ground is a B & deserves no mercy for such attempted murder. That kinda thing clearly shows someone's inhumane character.  Keep your temper in check meathead.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

So it's all about completely stupid bullshit that would have been forgotten by the next morning except somebody had to keep it going and somebody else took exception to being treated rudely by a drunken lout.  So now one man may die or be permanently disabled, and two young men are going to have completely screwed-up lives in the extended criminal training and hardening cages we politely refer to as "prison."  This has nothing to do with football except that physical reactive nature didn't help a thing.  Plenty of non-athletes are angry, abusive fools, and also don't walk away from an obviously unreasonable man.  This is truly tragic, because it involves bad outcomes from avoidable situations.

Brant Geyer
Brant Geyer

Ryan Blilie I think the problem here is after the first guy swung on him, he was punched and knocked unconscious and then the gentleman proceeded to kick him in his head. You can defend yourself but once the other gentleman was rendered unconscious, the threat is over.

Ryan Blilie
Ryan Blilie

Assault???? Who took the first swing, oh wait it was the "victim". This is BS...

Leann Stark
Leann Stark

i was on a jury for an assault. it wasnt the kid they were prosecuting. sometimes the charges are not correct.

Sandy Kelly
Sandy Kelly

What a putz. Brain damage someone because you are unhappy about your gf 's hand being kissed? Girlfriend is lucky she isn't the one who got kicked in the head because with anger like that, it is bound to happen at some point.

dchristen11
dchristen11

Charges may soon change to voluntary manslaughter. Way to go dumb %$^. I have a feeling the guy in red will be right there with him. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Sad story.  That's what happens when you combine youth and booze.   Every party in this had a hand in it.  Just sad so many young lives are being ruined.   

Jake Lundgren
Jake Lundgren

Yeah, there is that. So this dumb ass kid wanted to kick the bouncers ass that let him get drunk for the night? And his little girlfriend, "oh he is protective" haha please. Probably tosses her too. You just don't kick a person in the head on the ground. But if you make the choice to do such a thing, be prepared for the consequences. And whatever comes his way should impact his life for as long as his victims is impacted by his actions.

Arielle Prinzing
Arielle Prinzing

SO sad. So young. The bouncer definitely should have carded, and the servers too!!

whammy
whammy

Everybody is just 1 idiotic act away from being stupid

footnotegirl
footnotegirl

That's not 'protective' honey, your boyfriend is scarily aggressive and violent with a hair trigger and no ability to reason. Get out now.. the next person to get kicked in the head could be you.

Beth Salvatore
Beth Salvatore

So a case of mistaken identity is supposed to be a good excuse? Another case of egotistical, testosterone drenched athletes not using their ability to think....at all.

Tommy Drummond
Tommy Drummond

Nelson is such a man.... Just another athlete gone wrong. Kicking a person in the head when they're down .. COWARD.

John Bunch
John Bunch

This is also why you don't fight on the ground. A lot of guys, especially in the MMA styles will talk about "going to the ground." As the experts say, "the ground is where you die." People get stomped to death on the ground in fights.

Trent Heiss
Trent Heiss

if kolstad threw the first punch i can't defend that. people retaliate so don't ever throw the first punch just walk away. not defending nelson's dumb ass but kolstad could've walked away.

Kim Connell
Kim Connell

NEVER do something PERMANENTLY stupid because you're TEMPORARILY upset!

Curt W. Schneider
Curt W. Schneider

What a brute. Kicking someone in the head is attempted murder. Put him away.

Ashley Smith Mikkelson
Ashley Smith Mikkelson

Sounds like either he landed in jail now, or his girlfriend could risk being abused by him.

Steve Williams
Steve Williams

Very sad. A fight over a woman seriously if the BIT** kissed another why would you want her. You had your whole future ahead of you. Now the guy won't make it what did you achieve? You lost your football future if any and you lost your woman. But most of all you last your freedom. Hope it was worth it....

Paul E Nelson
Paul E Nelson

Very sad story. Nelson has no excuse for what he allegedly did. I hope the victim can recover from what looks to be a serious brain injury.

salwc2k
salwc2k

Dude, you are seriously screwed up in the head if you don't think that someone is a victim who is lying uncouncious and not not moving on the ground and then gets kicked in the head so severly it may kill him. You need some help my man just as much as does the idiot drunk who did this to him. Even if he did hit first, it had to be pretty harmless as the idiot was still standing and was able to attack. From what I read IK threw a harmless punch in the shoulder area and then retreated when the other idiot came out of nowhere and suckered him in the face. At that point in time he was out cold and that was when this drunken coward Nelson decided he was going to defend himself against a defenseless person. You don't kick a person when he is out cold. Wow, what a brave man this Nelson. And your views are distorted.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

ZOMG ... John always with the most fucked up comments


ya John, nobody wants to be on the ground in a fight


ya john, all fights end up on the ground

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