The man who punched Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert in a video released last week is now claiming that it wasn’t a sucker punch, rather he was simply protecting a friend.
TMZ Sports spoke with Kyle Hadala, who went on to explain that the released video does not show the full story of what happened on that night.
“Hadala insists Goedert and his friends had been “harassing” them at a previous bar over the choice of music they were playing on the jukebox.
“They were extremely aggressive and disrespectful,” Hadala says.
The group moved to a new spot — the Zoo Bar — but Hadala says Goedert and his crew followed them with bad intentions. Very soon, according to Hadala, the situation escalated.
“They picked out my smaller colleague from the group, got in his face, and made very threatening remarks toward his personal well-being,” Hadala tells us.
“Then one of his crew told my other colleague, and I quote, ‘You’re just a fat fucking pussy. I’ll beat the shit out of you.'”
That’s when Dallas put his hand on his friend and from the video, we saw a punch come next.
“At this point, I was in fear for both of my friends’ well-being especially due to the fact there were 10 of them and we were not familiar with the area,” Hadala says.
“I protected my friend and then was ambushed by 5 to 7 individuals that punched, kicked, threw beer bottles, etc., trying to cause me bodily harm which I received medical treatment at the hospital for my injuries the next day.”
Hadala also provided multiple pictures that showed him bruised and bloodied.
Hadala was eventually arrested and booked on a simple assault charge. He has since lawyered up and is ready to fight the case.