MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson was charged Monday with two counts of felony assault after a weekend fight outside a Mankato bar that left another man gravely injured.
Nelson, 20, kicked 24-year-old Isaac Dallas Kolstad in the head while Kolstad was lying on the ground after being struck by another man early Sunday morning, according to a criminal complaint. Kolstad, 24, a former Minnesota State-Mankato linebacker, was in critical condition Monday with a severe head injury.
The complaint said witnesses described Nelson as being upset over attention being paid to his girlfriend.
A police sergeant who viewed surveillance video described Kolstad striking Nelson in the back, then moving away and being pursued and struck by an unidentified man. Police released video in hopes of identifying the man, who ran from the scene.
"Nelson pushes past others, approaches I.K. and delivers at least one kick to the left side of I.K.'s head," the complaint reads. "Sergeant Knutson noted that the video clearly shows that I.K. was defenseless as Nelson delivers the kick or kicks to the head."
Nelson appeared in court Monday wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, with his hands cuffed and his ankles chained. Afterward, his attorney, Jim Fleming, said it wasn't certain who caused Kolstad's injuries, suggesting the man being sought by police "threw a debilitating blow to the victim."
Fleming said Nelson "was not an aggressor in this situation."
Nelson posted bail and was released from jail Monday night, said a corrections worker who declined to give his name. Nelson's name was no longer listed on the Blue Earth County Jail roster.
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