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Philip Nelson Dismissed from Rutgers Football Program After Near Fatal Assault

Philip Nelson/University of Minnesota
Philip Nelson/University of Minnesota

Rutgers University announced Tuesday that quarterback Philip Nelson has been dismissed from the program after he was charged in the near-fatal assault of a former teammate.

“The Rutgers football family’s thoughts and prayers are with Isaac Kolstad and his family,” said Kyle Flood, Rutgers head football coach.

Nelson, 20, who transferred from Minnesota in January, was arrested Sunday morning for an assault in Mankato, Minn. that left a former teammate reportedly struggling to survive, police said.

CBS in Minnesota reported that Isaac Dallas Kolstad, 24, of Mankato, Nelson's former teammate, was "fighting for his life" on Monday.

At 2:09 a.m., while on patrol in the town's downtown entertainment district, officers of the Mankato Department of Public Safety police service came across a victim of an apparent assault near the intersection of Cherry and South Front streets, police said.

Kolstad was transported to the local hospital by ambulance. A suspect was located on scene and taken into custody for probable cause assault, police said.

Nelson was then taken to the Blue Earth County jail. Police are looking for another person who was involved in the assault.

Charges of third degree assault are being requested against Nelson. 

Hugh May 14, 2014 at 11:57 PM
So much for the verdict- on with the trial!
Marynary May 15, 2014 at 11:16 AM
I'll second the 'roid rage' vote
Hugh May 15, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Based on what insider information?
Fed up Local May 17, 2014 at 12:07 PM
He should also be dismissed from school. We don't need another dirt bag in our state.
Matthew Minthorn May 24, 2014 at 03:48 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with Isaac and his family. Why beat up on your own teammate and almost kill him. Philip by all rights shouldn't be allowed near Rutgers after what he did. I'm glad he got dismissed from the team. There is no excuse for what he did. I really hope Isaac has a speedy recovery, and is able to play football again. This is what is going on in sports, guys beating up on their own teammates and girlfriends and it's so horrible to hear about. He should have just stayed in Minnesota. Rutgers doesn't need him anyway. My hats off to Rutgers for kicking him off the football team, and again he shouldn't be allowed near the university for what he did.


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