Injured Port Isabel football player speaks out

Swollen knee after getting hit by a car // Photo via Esteven Montelongo

An injured Port Isabel football player is speaking out following a Friday night incident where a former teammate pinned him between two cars.

Esteven Montelongo spent a few hours at the Valley Regional Medical Center on Friday night.

The Port Isabel Tarpons player stayed on the sidelines of Saturday night's game against the Brownsville Memorial Veterans Chargers.

Wearing bandages on his right knee and hospital wristbands, Montelongo said he's grateful for the community support.

Montelongo told Action 4 News that his injury was not severe.

The Port Isabel football player, who goes by jersey number 42, said he will be able to play in this Friday's home game against the Lyford Bulldogs.

Montelongo did not want to talk about the fight that led to his injury but Laguna Vista police said the incident remains under investigation.

Investigators told Action 4 News that 17-year-old Manuel De La Rosa, Jr. is charged with failure to stop and render aid and aggravated assault.

Police said Montelongo and De La Rosa were involved in a verbal argument that ended with Montelongo approaching De La Rosa's car.

De La Rosa allegedly responded by driving into Montelongo pinning him between De La Rosa's car and another vehicle.

Montelongo said he left the scene with his friends and later got medical attention while speaking to police.

The Port Isabel football player said he has not spoken to police since the time of the incident.

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