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Ex-Gopher Philip Nelson Released By Rutgers


After the events that transpired on early Sunday morning in Mankato, Philip Nelson has been released by the Rutgers Football program. The Scarlet Knights announced the move in a press release on Tuesday morning. Rutgers head football coach said, “The Rutgers football family’s thoughts and prayers are with Isaac Kolstad and his family.”

Nelson was released from jail on Monday afternoon after putting up bail of $20,000. Nelson is reportedly charged with first-degree and third-degree assault charges after allegedly kicking Isaac Kolstad in the head.


Reports state that Nelson was mad after a bouncer at a bar in Mankato had kissed his girlfriend’s hand. Kolstad was not the bouncer.

Kolstad remains in critical condition. Via his CaringBridge page, Kolstad underwent surgery on Tuesday, it went well, but still is in critical condition.

Kolstad is a former linebacker for Minnesota State – Mankato and attended Mankato East High School. Nelson attended Mankato West High school.

Nelson is a former starting quarterback for the Minnesota Golden Gophers and had transferred to Rutgers for this last semester of college, Spring 2014.

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