Eagles’ Dallas Goedert Sucker-Punched at South Dakota Bar: Report

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Getty Eagles TE Dallas Goedert scored the games first touchdown and finished with nine catches for 91 yards.

South Dakota is home to the picturesque Badlands. It also set the scene for a scary incident involving one star Eagles tight end.

Dallas Goedert was reportedly sucker-punched unprovoked at a South Dakota bar and rushed to the hospital for further evaluation. The third-year tight end wasn’t severely injured and was sent home on his own accord, per NJ Advance Media.

Goedert is a star in the making and his name has been generating buzz as a possible long-term replacement for starter Zach Ertz. The 25-year-old appeared in 15 games last season and made 58 catches for 607 yards and five touchdowns. He played on 66.15-percent of the team’s offensive snaps in 2019 and formed one of the most productive “12 personnel” units in the NFL.

According to the Mitchell Republic, the incident occurred at the Zoo Bar in Aberdeen, South Dakota, early Saturday around 1 a.m. Police were called to the scene because of reports that “people [were] busting glasses and have busted heads,” per NJ Advance Media, and a suspect was arrested following the incident.

On Sunday, security cameras at the bar in Aberdeen, SD, released the entire exchange and it appears Goedert was singled-out. The third-year player was reportedly having drinks with friends and family when two guys started verbally abusing him. Then, Goedert walked over to “tell them to chill,” per The Inquirer’s Les Bowen.

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Man Charged with Simple Assault in Attack

A 29-year-old man was arrested and charged with simple assault early Saturday morning, according to police. Goedert was having dinner with his family at the Zoo Bar in Aberdeen, South Dakota when the attack happened.

The Aberdeen police department revealed his name is Kyle Douglas Hadala and they responded to a call at 1:07 a.m. Goedert was rushed to Avera St. Lukes Hospital after being knocked “unconscious” from his bar stool. He was treated and released with no injuries, although his pride was reportedly hurt.

The police statement stated, via ESPN:

At approximately 1:07 am on 06/20/2020 Aberdeen Police responded to the 1000 block of South Main Street in reference to an assault. It was discovered that an adult male had been punched in the face. The male was transported to Avera St. Lukes Hospital where he was treated and released.

Investigation led to the arrest of Kyle Douglas Hadala, age 29 of Sarasota, Florida. He was charged with simple assault.

Hadala, a Florida native, was in South Dakota for work. He had been previously arrested in his home state in 2008 and charged with DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Goedert’s Teammate Speaks Up, Threatens Retaliation

Avonte Maddox wasn’t having someone injure his teammate. He jumped on social media to threaten Goedert’s attacker with some choice words.

“Yeah, lucky I wasn’t there. Would have been some problems deadass,” Maddox wrote.

Maddox and Goedert are best friends and live together in a 5,500-square-foot house where they co-habitate while playing paint ball and hanging out. They are like two peas in a pod, to quote Forrest Gump. And refer to each other as “big bro, little bro.”

In fact, the two lived together with Maddox’s god brother, Jalen Embry, and were shown having nerf fights and all kinds of fun on Amazon Prime’s “All or Nothing” show last year. The chemistry and friendship was palpable.

Goedert stole the show with this line; “I do take care of the bills, I guess I can say I’m the man of the house.”

Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson also came rushing to Goedert’s defense on Twitter: “Ridiculous. Let me know the time & place. I got you.”

The South Dakota native once teased he was better than Ertz, or at least could beat him out for the starting job in Philly.

“Yeah, I haven’t beat out Zach yet. And I’ll give it to [Kansas City’s] Travis Kelce for being Travis Kelce. And I’ll give it to [San Francisco’s George] Kittle. What he did last year was pretty impressive. I’m not saying I’m not better than him, but he had a pretty good year,” Goedert said.

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