Ex-Gophers QB Philip Nelson avoids jail, probation for Mankato fight

 

Former University of Minnesota and Rutgers quarterback Philip Nelson received no additional jail time and no probation for his involvement in a fight that caused brain damage to former Minnesota State football player Isaac Kolstad.

Following the sentence, someone on the Kolstad side of courtroom said, "Where's the justice?" The questions was met with a reply from the Nelson side, "This is justice." Kolstad's wife asked Nelson to thank the family, not apologize. She said if Isaac Kolstad had died, then it would have been a murder charge, not an assault.

Nelson had initially been charged with two felony counts following the bar closing fight that left Kolstad hospitalized with a serious brain injury.

Security video showed Nelson kick Kolstad in the head after he was knocked to the ground by a punch from Trevor Shelley. But prosecutors eventually dropped felony charges against Nelson after a medical expert said it wasn't Nelson's kick that delivered the near-fatal blow.

With the felony assault charges dropped, Nelson now faces a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.


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