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Report: Rutgers QB Nelson arrested on suspicion of assault leaving D2 football player in critical condition

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A new week, a new bit of unfortunate news related to Rutgers. New Rutgers quarterback Phillip Nelson was arrested early Sunday morning in Minnesota for suspicion of third-degree assault and underage drinking, according to a report by Pioneer Press.

Nelson was arrested in Mankato for an incident that left a 24-year old man listed in critical condition at a clinic in Mankato. The victim of the alleged assault is Isaac Kolstad, a linebacker for Division 2 Minnesota State-Mankato. Nelson was arrested on the scene for probable cause. As reported by KSTP, assault in Minnesota is considered a felony.

Nelson transferred to Rutgers from Minnesota in January and will have to sit out the upcoming season regardless of what happens with the legal process. NCAA rules require him to sit out as a transfer. Rutgers will join the Big Ten this season.

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21 Responses to “Report: Rutgers QB Nelson arrested on suspicion of assault leaving D2 football player in critical condition”
  1. thegonz13 says: May 11, 2014 4:23 PM

    Wow! Is there for any way those guys at Rutgers can do something -anything- right?

  2. goodfieldnohit says: May 11, 2014 5:11 PM

    Reset the days without an arrest counter back to zero, please.

  3. bigthymie93 says: May 11, 2014 5:48 PM

    A knucklehead as usual.

  4. bballnut50 says: May 11, 2014 6:01 PM

    Glad we got rid of that loser!

  5. biggestredmiami says: May 11, 2014 6:56 PM

    QB beats up a linebacker, isn’t it supposed to be the other way around?

  6. mrlaloosh says: May 11, 2014 7:17 PM

    Rutgers, makes me laugh……

  7. bigbuckeye76 says: May 11, 2014 8:27 PM

    Are all you SEC honks jealous yet that we landed this prestigious football powerhouse? Well get over it suckers they are all B1G!

  8. ningenito78 says: May 11, 2014 9:25 PM

    Ok. Once again I’m a Rutgers season ticket holder for MANY years. Kick this f—king punk off the team NOW. This is gone into the realm of the absurd for RU athletics. I’m not going to pin this on the administration or AD, but the snowball that’s now rolling is 100% their fault. If this happened anywhere else today it would be a blurb. But since RU continues to shoot their own toes off they are now sleeping in the bed they made. CLEAN HOUSE NOW. Not so much Kyle Flood. I truly believe he’s sincerely trying to uphold whatever tattered image RU has left but the AD, the President, anybody that makes a paycheck in their offices- fired. Now. Make a f–king statement Rutgers. This incident today may have nothing to do with the mess that is RU athletics but it is a microcosm of what it has become. Time for a change. And that time was yesterday.

  9. ningenito78 says: May 11, 2014 9:38 PM

    And for people having fun at Rutgers expense…..understand something. Most fans have absolutely no illusions that we are or are going to become Ohio St, Michigan, Alabama, etc. None. But we have a lot of pride in RU and are honestly flattered to have been invited to the Big 10. No more or less pride than you all have of your schools. We realize that we don’t necessarily belong or deserve being in the Big 10 but we are damn proud to be and really want nothing more than to rep the conference well. No true fan has illusions that this invite was something that was long overdue or even well deserved. It happened and we feel enormously lucky for it to have happened. This is as embarrassing for is as it is funny to you. But basking in our demise seems silly even to us. While we’re proud to be in the B1G we realize, come on, we’re Rutgers. All I can say as a truly proud fan in a family of alums is that I really hope they make changes so we’re something the B1G can be proud of. Or, at this point, not embarrassed by.

  10. ningenito78 says: May 11, 2014 9:50 PM

    All that being said prayers to the victim involved and his wife and children. Don’t want to lose sight of what happened. I really hope he pulls through for his kids. Terrible.

  11. peopletrains says: May 11, 2014 10:48 PM

    Mankato is Nelson’s hometown. I assume the D-2 kid said something to him about tanking at the U of M and Nelson flipped out.

  12. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: May 11, 2014 11:26 PM

    Who knows, maybe the other kid pushed or hit him and he got the better of the other guy. I had a friend who got sucker punched at a bar, hit the guy back and knocked him out with a broken nose. He was initially arrested but when the smoke cleared it was considered self defense and he was let off and asked by the police if he wanted to press charges. Anyways my point is you cant call this guy a thug yet. Who knows what really happened?

  13. ningenito78 says: May 12, 2014 12:34 AM

    @peopletrains seriously bro I hope you’re like 15 years old because if you’re any older your parents screwed up.

  14. dcviking says: May 12, 2014 11:44 AM

    @peopletrains — you are correct about Nelson’s hometown. Other kid played high school ball at Manakto East (Nelson played at Mankato West), so yes, there may have been a history.

    Read a report that indicates police were looking for another suspect as well, in addition to Nelson.

    Not sure how it began, but it’s a horrible situation for all involved — hopefully Kolstad makes a full recovery.

    A grim reminder of how something stupid can destroy lives.

  15. 700levelvet says: May 12, 2014 12:56 PM

    Time for some traffic problems in New Brunswick… Or something

  16. noaxetogrind says: May 12, 2014 3:09 PM

    For those on here speculating as to if the victim had it coming to him, suggest you read the headline story on ESPN. Eyewitness accounts state that it was actually a 2nd assailant who came out of nowhere and blind side sucker punched the victim knocking him to the ground. Then the equally gutless Nelson went over and I quote “kicked his head like a soccer ball”. Obviously this is not Rutgers fault and I think no one needs to worry if Rutgers will punish him appropriately. The victim is 50-50 to even survive at this point and has permanent brain damage. Nelson is going to prison, its just a matter of how long. If he has any brains which is certainly debatable since we know he has no courage, he will give up his accomplice who the police are still looking for.

  17. whenwilliteverend says: May 12, 2014 3:21 PM

    Personally, I think they should take this guy out and beat the ever-loving crap out of him, then take all his crap that he has at Rutgers and throw it on him and tell him to go somewhere else. I think the same thing should happen to the guy who sucker punched him. However, when the guy is lying on the ground and he goes up and kicks him in the head ‘like a soccerball’ that dude has no place in a civilized society. Do not pass go. Do not collect your $200 meal money. Go straight to jail.

    This story makes me wonder if the reason why the college football players want to get paid is so it can cover their legal bills.

  18. 1990tiger says: May 12, 2014 3:33 PM

    Where all of the B1G yahoos who post SEC! SEC! SEC! whenever a story involves an athlete from the SEC involved in some minor transgression?

  19. reesesteel23 says: May 12, 2014 5:06 PM

    No “typical thug” comment?

    I, for one, am very…very surprised

  20. reesesteel23 says: May 12, 2014 5:23 PM


    If it was a running back or wide receiver, you wouldn’t be defending the guy. Pushing someone doesn’t give you the right to put them in critical condition with brain damage(yes he has brain damage, they just don’t know how sever yet). Idiot.

  21. kountryking says: May 15, 2014 9:35 PM

    My poor university! A laughing stock across the country. Rutgers hasn’t made a name for itself since Phil Sellers and crew made the Final Four a lifetime ago. Only Coach Stringer’s teams have kept Rutgers’ name alive. It’s a shame that now we’re known for beating up our girlfriends and other players, scandals and terrible leadership.

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