Last night, Mankato police arrested 21-year-old Trevor Shelley in connection with the Sunday morning altercation that left former Minnesota State University linebacker Isaac Kolstad in critical condition with a traumatic brain injury and former Gophers starting quarterback Philip Nelson charged with first- and third-degree assault.
Police believe Shelley was the "man in red" who decked Kolstad, knocking him out cold and causing his head to bounce off the pavement, before fleeing the scene on foot. Nelson, who says Kolstad struck him before the man in red intervened, then allegedly moved in and kicked an unconscious Kolstad in the head once or twice.
A Blue Earth County Jail official tells us Shelley is being held on suspicion of the same charges Nelson faces. Shelley hasn't yet been charged as this is written.
In other developments, Nelson was officially dismissed from the Rutgers football team this morning (he transferred to Rutgers from the U of M after last season). He was released from custody yesterday after posting $20,000 bail.
We spoke with one of Kolstad's relatives this morning. (She asked that her name not be used in this report). She said she's in the process of planning a benefit for Kolstad in Minneapolis.
The relative seconded what Nelson's criminal complaint says about the dire state of Kolstad's condition. A Mayo Clinic doctor says Kolstad has a severe head injury and a severe pulmonary injury. He may not survive his injuries, but even if he does, it's not likely he'll make a good recovery.