Philadelphia Eagles fans are given an update following Goedert’s altercation.
Well, even with video evidence, there are always two sides to every story. The man who is now known for a “sucker punch” thrown at Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert offers his side of the story. He insists that he was protecting a friend and that the events at Aberdeen, South Dakota’s Zoo Bar were a culmination of a night of harassment by Philly’s star tight end and his friends.
Kyle Hadala, a 29-year-old native of Sarasota, Florida, was arrested and charged with simple assault after a video surfaced of an altercation (if you want to call it that) that became national news just hours after its occurrence. Recently, he spoke with TMZ and laments that he and his friends’ issues with Goedert and his small entourage began at another establishment.
He states he and his friends were verbally harrassed about the musical selection they made on a jukebox and that Goedert’s crew was “extremely aggressive and disrespectful”.
Here’s a quote made by Hadala during the TMZ interview.
"They picked out my smaller colleague from the group, got in his face, and made very threatening remarks toward his personal well-being… Then one of his crew told my other colleague, and I quote, ‘You’re just a fat (expletive). I’ll beat the (expletive) out of you’."
Hadala states that Goedert placing his hands on his friend, which is seen in the video, shouldn’t be seen as Goedert trying to be the peacemaker. He says Goedert was being threatening.
"At this point, I was in fear for both of my friends’ well-being especially due to the fact there were ten of them and we were not familiar with the area… I protected my friend and then was ambushed by five to seven individuals that punched, kicked, threw beer bottles, etcetera., trying to cause me bodily harm which I received medical treatment at the hospital for my injuries the next day."
As mentioned, Hadala, who was treated for several injuries himself, has been charged with simple assault, which is a class-one misdemeanor. He states that he intends to fight the case. So far, and at the time of this story being published, there’s been no word that we’ve seen or heard from Dallas Goedert or his camp, other than the fact that “he’s fine”.
Unfortunately, this one looks to be a long way from being over. Let’s hope a resolution is reached sooner rather than later and that the best is still in store for both sides.