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Old 05-19-2014, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Salinas, CA
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I was very surprised to have read this story recently. Anyone who has followed Golden Gopher football knows who Philip Nelson is. He was a quarterback who had recently decided to transfer to Rutgers. He had been arrested for assault of a man named Isaac Kolstad in downtown Mankato recently. Another man from St. Peter was also arrested. Apparently, Kolstad had shown some interest in Nelson's girlfriend.

There was a surveillance camera that clearly show he kicked Kolstad in the head when Kolstad was on the ground after being hit by the other suspect.

He had won a state award for his play in high school at Mankato West and to the best of my knowledge had been brought up well and under Jerry Kill and his staff those values were continued. What a shocking display of poor judgement by this guy. He decided to act like an animal instead of an adult and will be facing the consequences soon enough. He will be entitled to a fair trial, but with the surveillance footage, I will be beyond shocked if he walks.

Isaac Kolstad is now in critical condition.

Nelson was dropped from the Rutgers football program recently. Coach Kyle Flood announced that and then said: "The Rutgers football family's thoughts and prayers are with Isaac Kolstad and his family." Of course, his dismissal is a formality. He can't play if he is behind bars, but Coach Flood then properly put the emphasis on prayers for the victim.

Let that be a lesson to the youth out there. Even a brief moment of physical violence can shatter your life and the lives of others. I really expected better from Nelson. What a disappointment. Heck, if he was angry, I can understand flipping the guy the bird (still wrong but not a crime) and then walking away, but do not resort to violence!

This comes at a time when the Gophers could be justifiably proud of having players like Brock Vereen and Rashede Hageman drafted by NFL teams recently after an 8-4 season. So this story deflects some attention from that, too. That is unfortunate. Nelson was not only violent, but selfish and thoughtless.

There is nothing about this on the Gophers' football program website that I could find. I can't blame them. He left a good program and decided to become a violent thug instead. My thoughts and prayers will be with Kolstad and his family.

Here is a link: Rutgers: Nelson dismissed from football program.
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Old 05-19-2014, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I was very surprised to have read this story recently. Anyone who has followed Golden Gopher football knows who Philip Nelson is. He was a quarterback who had recently decided to transfer to Rutgers. He had been arrested for assault of a man named Isaac Kolstad in downtown Mankato recently. Another man from St. Peter was also arrested. Apparently, Kolstad had shown some interest in Nelson's girlfriend.

There was a surveillance camera that clearly show he kicked Kolstad in the head when Kolstad was on the ground after being hit by the other suspect.

He had won a state award for his play in high school at Mankato West and to the best of my knowledge had been brought up well and under Jerry Kill and his staff those values were continued. What a shocking display of poor judgement by this guy. He decided to act like an animal instead of an adult and will be facing the consequences soon enough. He will be entitled to a fair trial, but with the surveillance footage, I will be beyond shocked if he walks.

Isaac Kolstad is now in critical condition.

Nelson was dropped from the Rutgers football program recently. Coach Kyle Flood announced that and then said: "The Rutgers football family's thoughts and prayers are with Isaac Kolstad and his family." Of course, his dismissal is a formality. He can't play if he is behind bars, but Coach Flood then properly put the emphasis on prayers for the victim.

Let that be a lesson to the youth out there. Even a brief moment of physical violence can shatter your life and the lives of others. I really expected better from Nelson. What a disappointment. Heck, if he was angry, I can understand flipping the guy the bird (still wrong but not a crime) and then walking away, but do not resort to violence!

This comes at a time when the Gophers could be justifiably proud of having players like Brock Vereen and Rashede Hageman drafted by NFL teams recently after an 8-4 season. So this story deflects some attention from that, too. That is unfortunate. Nelson was not only violent, but selfish and thoughtless.

There is nothing about this on the Gophers' football program website that I could find. I can't blame them. He left a good program and decided to become a violent thug instead. My thoughts and prayers will be with Kolstad and his family.

Here is a link: Rutgers: Nelson dismissed from football program.
great post CG and sum's up my thoughts closely, glad somebody brought this up. Pretty good article in the Strib on this Philip Nelson's sudden fall from playmaker to pariah | Star Tribune and so baffling that these two guys resorted to violence when from what everything is said, neither had in so much of a jay-walking ticket in their young lives. On a personal level it makes me wonder why them and never me?
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Old 05-19-2014, 07:51 PM
 
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Wow. I had glimpsed news reports of this story - but Chessgeek - thank you for posting - it made me take the time to really read it. Sad. But, I cannot imagine that Nelson's conduct was only fueled by alcohol. No matter how inebriated someone gets I cannot imagine them kicking someone in the head if they are otherwise mild mannered, compassionate and kind.
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I don't think it's a forgone conclusion that Nelson is on his way to prison and last Friday on KFAN, Barriero had Ron Rosenbaum and some interesting comments regarding self-defense and how it could factor in on the case.

starts at about 20 minutes into this clip...

http://media.ccomrcdn.com/media/stat...1400181645.mp3
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Salinas, CA
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I don't think it's a forgone conclusion that Nelson is on his way to prison and last Friday on KFAN, Barriero had Ron Rosenbaum and some interesting comments regarding self-defense and how it could factor in on the case.

starts at about 20 minutes into this clip...

http://media.ccomrcdn.com/media/stat...1400181645.mp3
I'll look at the link. Kolstad was on the ground when Nelson kicked him in the head from behind. He could have easily walked away at that point before Kolstad had a chance to get up instead of kicking him. Some of the lawyers these days can work magic and pull a rabbit out of their hat, so there is certainly no guarantee.
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Old 05-20-2014, 03:01 AM
 
Location: Salinas, CA
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Nelson's attorney Jim Fleming has a good reputation and also successfully defended Mankato State football coach Todd Hoffner who was falsely accused of child pornography. I still think the fact that Kolstad was laying on the ground when the kick to the head occurred will make it difficult to make a convincing self defense claim. It is on a surveillance camera.

Then again, nothing surprises us too much any longer in our justice system. Many of us remember the OJ Simpson case and verdict, too. I hope the Mankato jury holds him accountable. With no prior offenses, I expect if found guilty, he would at least do the minimum sentence for assault. For all we know it could be plea bargained without a trial, too. Things could get complicated if Kolstad dies prior to the trial (a possibility). We all hope that does not happen of course.
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Salinas, CA
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Quick correction to my original post in the first paragraph: A bouncer at a bar was the actual person who showed interest in Philip Nelson's girlfriend. Nelson mistakenly thought it was Isaac Kolstad instead. Even if Kolstad was that person, it would still not justify a brutal assault IMO.

There was some good news from this story that should also be shared. Fastenal where Kolstad worked hosted an auction of items that raised over $62,000 for Isaac and his family. There was a gathering of 200 people at Mankato State that prayed for Isaac's recovery. It is great that there are still communities like Mankato in this country with people that will do what they can to help victims and their families.

Here are two links:

KEYC - Mankato News, Weather, Sports - - Update: Kolstad Fundraiser Tops $62,000.

Community Comes Out to Pray for Isaac Kolstad | Mankato Times - Mankato News Online.

Last edited by chessgeek; 05-26-2014 at 10:49 PM..
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Salinas, CA
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More good news: Isaac Kolstad now has use of his legs! There is no question that the support from family, friends, and the community have played a role. However, I need to provide a compliment to one of the finest medical institutions anywhere: the Mayo Clinic. This Mankato hospital is fortunately part of the highly acclaimed Mayo Clinic network.

I doubt there are more than 6 or 7 hospitals in the US where this sort of recovery would have happened so quickly. In some places he would not have made it. It was not long ago that he was in critical condition. The Mayo Clinic makes that sort of recovery happen routinely and hats off to them and their sustained excellence! They are the envy of almost every other US medical facility. Only a few can compare.

Here is the link with the specifics of the good news: Isaac Kolstad Using Legs 4 Weeks after Mankato Assault | KSTP TV - Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Last edited by chessgeek; 06-17-2014 at 10:09 PM.. Reason: Added a word and capitalized a letter. Paying attention to my high school English teacher paid off. LOL!
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Old 01-09-2015, 10:54 PM
 
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Major news has occurred in the case. The medical expert hired by Blue Earth County(prosecution) CANNOT say with medical certainty that the kick by Phillip Nelson caused Kolsatd's injuries. The expert believes either the punch by the other defendant of when Kolstad fell to the pavement caused the injuries. This bolsters Nelson's attorneys efforts to have charges dismissed. The fact that the surveillance video of the incident that night showing Kolstad throwing the first punch in the incident also likely could have some effect on the case as well.
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Old 01-23-2015, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Salinas, CA
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The latest news is that Philip Nelson has pleaded guilty. It is regarded as 5th degree assault. He will face a maximum prison sentence of 90 days and a small fine is possible, too.

There is still the possibility of a civil suit from Isaac Kolstad's attorney.

www.startribune.com/local/2893853ol.html.
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