Agholor Accused of Sexual Assault at South Philadelphia Strip Club
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Eagles second-year wide receiver Nelson Agholor is under investigation for sexual assault at a South Philadelphia strip club hours after the team's mandatory minicamp concluded on Thursday.
According to Philadelphia Magazine a 27-year-old exotic dancer at Cheerleaders Gentlemen's Club is alleging Agholor sexually assaulted her at around 3 p.m. Thursday, less than two hours after the Eagles wrapped up their offseason work a stone's throw away at the NovaCare Complex.
"We are aware of the police investigation involving Nelson Agholor," Eagles spokesman Derek Boyko said in a statement. "The organization has been in contact with Nelson and with the proper authorities in Philadelphia. Because of the legal nature of this matter, we will have no further comment."
Sources told Philadelphia Magazine that at least two other Eagles players were with Agholor at the club but no arrests have been made as the investigation continues.
An NFL source confirmed to 973espn.com that Connor Barwin and Fletcher Cox were the teammates who accompanied Agholor to the club and Barwin later confirmed that to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The Eagles' starting right defensive end also told the newspaper that he left before the alleged incident took place.
"There was an allegation made against one of the players of a sexual assault that was reported by one of the female dancers," Police Commissioner Richard Ross told the magazine. "Our Special Victims Unit is actively running on the investigation."
Prior to the team's final practice Thursday, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was asked what he would tell his players before they left for the six-week period between minicamp and training camp.
"It's just to get away, enjoy their families," the coach said, "enjoy the time off, kind of rejuvenate the batteries a little bit, recharge and come ready for a tough, physical training camp."
It's too early to project what this means to Agholor's 2016 season. Obviously if the allegations are substantiated he's in a lot of trouble that goes far beyond football and a trip to the Commissioner's exempt list could be in the cards until the legal process plays out.
On the other hand, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News, reports a source with ties to Agholor claims the Southern California product was the victim of "a setup."
The crux of the case will likely be the video recovered from the club's surveillance system, which a source in the Philadelphia Police Department told 973espn.com is extensive.
"We are confident that he will not be charged with a crime," Agholor's attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Agholor, the Eagles' 2015 first-round pick, was expected to hit the ground running in Chip Kelly’s high-volume offense last season but the Southern California product struggled to make the adjustment to the professional ranks in year one, amassing just 23 receptions for 283 yards and one touchdown in 13 games.
Of the 121 wideouts who played enough to be ranked by ProFootballFocus.com a season ago, Agholor came in dead last.
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