Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor has been accused of rape following an alleged incident at a Philadelphia strip club.
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Agholor Case Goes to DA
Friday, June 24
“The [investigative] package has been sent to the D.A.’s Office for their review,” police commissioner Richard Ross said, per David Gambacorta of Philadelphia magazine.
Agholor Facing Assault Charges
Friday, June 10
According to Gambacorta, police said a female exotic dancer at Cheerleaders Gentlemen's Club accused an Eagles player of sexual assault, and sources indicated that Agholor is the player in question.
Matt Lombardo of NJ.com provided a statement from Philadelphia PD spokesperson:
The Philadelphia Police Department is currently investigating an allegation made regarding a sexual assault and a member of the Philadelphia Eagles organization. On June 9, 2016, police were informed of an incident that occurred at the Cheerleaders Gentlemen's Club around 3pm in which a 27-year-old female dancer alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a member of the Eagles. At this time our Special Victims Unit is actively investigating this incident. Any updates will released upon availability.
The alleged assault took place at around 3 p.m. ET Thursday at the club, which is near the Eagles' practice facility. The alleged victim reported claims about Agholor to law enforcement at 9 p.m. ET, per John Gonzalez of CSN Philly.
Per Gambacorta, Eagles spokesman Derek Boyko had the following to say about the investigation: "We are aware of the police investigation involving Nelson Agholor. 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."
According to Mark Eckel of NJ.com, "three people with knowledge of the layout" of the club said there is no video of the alleged incident.
Eagles teammates Connor Barwin and Fletcher Cox were with the wide receiver at Cheerleaders, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who added that Barwin said he departed before the incident.
Barwin released a statement, per McLane:
A source told Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News the situation was "a setup" and said he believes Agholor will be cleared of any crimes.
Agholor's attorney Fred Perri Jr. released a statement regarding the allegations, according to Gambacorta, “Nelson has not engaged in any criminal conduct. We’re confident that he will not be charged with a crime.”
The Eagles selected Agholor with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft out of USC, but he struggled as a rookie with just 23 receptions for 283 yards and one touchdown.
The Nigeria native is expected to vie for a starting role across from Jordan Matthews, along with Rueben Randle, Josh Huff and Chris Givens.
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