SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert appears to have been caught up in an early morning bar brawl in Aberdeen, South Dakota, on Saturday, June 20.
Police were called to The Zoo Bar in Aberdeen just after 1 a.m. on a report of "people busting glasses and have busted heads," according to archived local police scanner traffic reviewed by Forum News Service.
Police radioed in shortly after from the scene to run Goedert's ID, and those of two other men. The 6 foot-5 inch, 265-pound Goedert is from Britton, about a 60-mile drive from Aberdeen.
An ambulance was called for what was identified as a 24-year-old male who was unconscious but breathing, and the vehicle was soon headed 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.
Aberdeen police later were checking local hotels for "a group that flew in from Florida," with a rental car with plates from Sioux Falls, according to police scanner traffic.
Rumors swirled online that Goedert had been sucker punched and knocked out at the bar and then was airlifted to Sioux Falls, but Forum News Service was unable to immediately confirm any of those details.
But according to a report by Mike Kaye of NJ Advance Media on NJ.com, quoting an unnamed source, Goedert was out with his family for dinner when he was "allegedly sucker-punched unprovoked" and taken to a local hospital as a precaution, but was said to be fine.
Aberdeen Police Sgt. Dan Kaiser said nobody from the department would be available to comment on the incident until Monday morning. Chase Callahan, an agent with Rep1 Sports, which represents Goedert, didn't immediately respond to an email and text request for comment.
Goedert joined the Eagles as a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft after gaining notice as a standout athlete at Britton-Hecla High School and later in a star-studded career as a tight end for the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits in Brookings, South Dakota.