Williams Declines to Pursue Charges Against Agholor
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - As expected, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has declined to pursue charges against Eagles second-year wide receiver Nelson Agholor for an alleged sexual assault of an exotic dancer at a South Philadelphia strip club hours after the team wrapped up its mandatory minicamp last month.
Williams cited a lack of evidence in announcing his decision.
"The District Attorney’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit and detectives from the Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Victims Unit thoroughly investigated the allegations of sexual assault against Nelson Agholor," Williams said in a statement. "As a result of this joint investigation, our staff and the Police reached the conclusion that we lacked sufficient evidence to bring charges against Mr. Agholor, therefore no charges will be filed."
Agholor went to the club with teammates Fletcher Cox and Connor Barwin, who both released statements distancing themselves from the incident, Barwin to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Cox through Twitter.
The spin from the Agholor camp has been setup with the allegations reportedly stemming from the wideout’s failure to pay the dancer an agreed upon fee.
New Jersey Advanced Media reported that Agholor and the dancer agreed to go to a private room for an hour but something happened and the accuser left shortly after entering the room. According to the source explaining the situation, Agholor agreed to pay the woman $1,400 for their time together but docked her $600 for leaving early.
A separate NFL source tells 973espn.com that the dispute arose over an alleged act performed on Agholor and the ensuing payment, resulting in a scorned-stripper scenario.
The dancer allegedly left the bar after the incident, never accusing Agholor of rape until later. Meanwhile, the NJ Advance Media source claims multiple others dancers on duty at the time told management that Agholor did nothing wrong.
Agholor is expected to be at training camp when it opens next week although he is still subject to discipline under the NFL's personal-conduct policy.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973ESPN.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen