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Rutgers’ quarterback dismissed after critically assaulting man in bar

A May 13 release posted to the Rutgers University website announced the dismissal of Rutgers’ 20-year-old quarterback Philip Nelson from the program. The announcement came from Rutgers’ head football coach Kyle Flood, who also stated, “The Rutgers football family’s thoughts and prayers are with Isaac Kolstad and his family.” Kolstad, 24, is a young man left severely injured after Nelson allegedly kicked him in the head on Sunday in Mankato, Minn. when the bars were closing for the night. Nelson is from Mankato and was formerly a quarterback for Minnesota State.

MSN reported today that Nelson was charged with two counts of felony assault. The kick that Nelson allegedly delivered to Kolstad’s head came after another individual reportedly punched Kolstad. Kolstad played at Mankato East with Nelson and also played for Minnesota State.

Charging documents in the case against Nelson read "Nelson pushes past others, approaches I.K. and delivers at least one kick to the left side of I.K.'s head." A surveillance video that captured the assault was referenced in the criminal complaint and stated that the video “clearly shows that I.K. was defenseless as Nelson delivers the kick or kicks to the head." The complaint also cites a possible motive for the assault, namely that Nelson was upset, according to witnesses, “over attention being paid to his girlfriend.”

Details aren’t readily available; but MSN went on to report that a second arrest has been made in Kolstad’s assault. A press release from authorities is being planned for later today.

ESPN reported that as of yesterday, Kolstad was listed as being in critical condition with a severe head injury. The criminal complaint also stated that Kolstad might not be able to survive his injuries, according to medical personnel.

Kolstad’s dad, Blaine Kolstad, asked everyone to “"Please keep Isaac and all those involved in your prayers." The elder Kolstad went on to say that Isaac has already been in and out of surgery to relieve pressure in his skull, and may need additional procedures.

Nelson was released from the Blue Earth County Jail Monday night after posting bail. For more on the story, see the video accompanying this article.

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