ABERDEEN, S.D. (Aberdeennews.com) – A Florida man made his initial appearance in magistrate court Friday and pleaded not guilty to a charge of simple assault in connection to a June 20 incident in which Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert was punched at an Aberdeen bar.
Kyle Douglas Hadala, 29, of Sarasota, Fla., is charged with the misdemeanor count. A trial date has not been set. Hadala has been out on a personal recognizance bond since the incident.
Goedert, 25, is a Britton native. He was a star athlete at Britton-Hecla High School and South Dakota State University. He was drafted by the Eagles in the second round in 2018 and is entering his third year in the NFL.
Aberdeen police noted in a news release that they responded to the 1000 block of South Main Street at 1:07 a.m. June 20 in reference to an assault, but did not identify the victim. That is the block of The Zoo bar, which has been confirmed as the site of the incident. Authorities later confirmed the incident involving Hadala and Goedert was at The Zoo.
According to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer at the time, a source with knowledge of the situation said Goedert “was with some friends and family, and two guys kept saying disrespectful things.” The source said Goedert walked over to “tell them to chill” and was punched.