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Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert was sucker-punched and knocked out by an assailant Friday night as he dined with his family in South Dakota, according to a video of the incident shared by NFL correspondent Adam Schefter.
The video shows Goedert with a drink in his left hand and his right arm extended, on another person’s chest as if to ease him back when a man comes into the video and lands a blow.
At that point, Goedert is seen falling backward onto the floor, lying motionless while other people appear to come to his assistance. At one point, one man is physically pushed back as it appears a scuffle ensued.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 21, 2020
Schefter identified the establishment as Zoo Bar in Aberdeen, S.D.
Reports said that Goedert was taken to a nearby hospital but was released without any substantive injuries. Police were called to the scene and one person was arrested, Fox News reported.
The Aberdeen News reported that an ambulance was called for a 24-year-old unconscious male victim who was breathing. Goedert was then taken to Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen.
“It’s unclear if the man was Goedert, who turned 25 in January. An Avera Health representative said no patient by Goedert’s name was at the Aberdeen hospital or its sister facility in Sioux Falls,” the paper said.
The attack occurred around 1 a.m. local time, reports noted. The call to police said that there were “people busting glasses and have busted heads,” the Mitchell Republic reported.
Goedert, 25, a Britton, S.D. native, played college ball at South Dakota State University. He is entering his third NFL season after being selected in the third round of the 2018 draft by the Eagles.
His 2019 season was his best. He appeared in 15 games and caught 58 passes for 607 yards and five touchdowns on a team featuring Pro Bowler tight end Zach Ertz. In all, reports said, Goedert is considered to be a rising star, having played 67 percent of all offensive snaps in 2019. Fox News adds that Goedert should play a larger role in the Eagles’ offense this season, which is still in doubt thanks to the lingering coronavirus.
NJ.com reports that Goedert is eligible for a contract extension following the 2020 season.
Several of Goedert’s teammates weighed in on the incident.
— Lane Johnson (@LaneJohnson65) June 21, 2020
Yeah, lucky I wasn’t there. Would have been some problems deadass.
— Avonte Maddox (@2live_AM) June 20, 2020
Swear to Everything I’d be in jail right now
— rasul (@rd32_era) June 21, 2020
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, a source with knowledge of what happened said the 6-foot-5, 256-pound Goedert “was with some friends and family, and two guys kept saying disrespectful things.”
The source added that Goedert walked over to “tell them to chill,” and was then struck in the face by the assailant.
Another source described Goedert as “more embarrassed than hurt.”
The Inquirer said his agent, Chase Callahan, deferred comment to the Eagles organization, which has not yet commented publicly.
Police said they wouldn’t be releasing any information about the incident, including the name of the alleged attacker, until sometime Monday.
That information was not available at publication time.
The Eagles finished 9-7 last season, winning their last four games against division rivals and making the playoffs for the third straight season. However, they lost in the Wild Card round to the fifth-seeded Seattle Seahawks.
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