Eagles Remain Silent on Agholor
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Thursday's impromptu press conference was largely a celebratory affair for the Philadelphia Eagles and their refurbished $103 million defensive tackle Fletcher Cox but there was some messy business to address also, namely the sexual abuse allegations hurled at second-year receiver Nelson Agholor.
And for now the Eagles strategy is to remain mum as the legal process runs its course.
"“Unfortunately I can't comment on an ongoing investigation," Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said when queried on Agholor. "Appreciate the question but I have no comment on that.”
Agholor was accused of the sexual assault just hours after the team finished its mandatory minicamp by a 27-year-old exotic dancer at the Cheerleaders Gentlemen's Club, which is a stone's throw away from the NovaCare Complex in South Philadelphia.
Making matters worse was that two of Agholor's teammates, Cox and defensive end Connor Barwin, accompanied Agholor to the club, although neither is under investigation according to the Philadelphia Police Department.
Both Barwin and Cox released statements trying to distance themselves from the incident early on, Barwin to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Cox through Twitter.
Cox pointed back to that statement when asked about the situation on Thursday.
Roseman, meanwhile, wouldn't clarify if he expected Agholor to be with the team in training camp.
"I just go back to my initial answer. I apologize, but it's an ongoing investigation and I can't comment on it,” he said.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973ESPN.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen