Former MSU-Mankato football player Isaac Kolstad is now suing the attackers who left him with brain injuries from a 2014 clash in downtown Mankato at bar closing time.
KEYC is among those reporting the suit seeks damages from Phillip Nelson and Trevor Shelley – both of whom have pleaded guilty to assaulting Kolstad – and from two bars that allegedly served alcohol to Nelson, who was 20 at the time.
He ultimately needed several surgeries and physical therapy to learn to walk and talk again.
The Mankato Free Press reports the lawsuit says Kolstad's medical expenses have reached $1 million and are growing as he continues a regimen of medication and physical therapy.
The newspaper says Kolstad, his wife, their two daughters, Kolstad's two siblings, and his parents are all seeking damages in excess of $50,000, although it would be up to a jury to determine any damage amounts.
Suing the bars, too
According to the Free Press, the lawsuit seeks damages from Blue Bricks Bar and the South Street Saloon, claiming that Phillip Nelson's intoxication is what led him to start the altercation. A bouncer at Blue Bricks allegedly kissed Nelson's girlfriend, sending him into a rage, and Nelson then mistook Kolstad for the bouncer.
In response to the lawsuit the South Street Saloon's owner issued a categorical denial, saying the establishment had nothing to do with what happened to Kolstad, the Star Tribune reports.