5:46pm: Second-year Eagles receiver Nelson Agholor has been accused of rape by a dancer at Cheerleaders Gentlemen’s Club in Philadelphia, law enforcement sources told David Gambacorta of PhillyMag.com. Agholor has not been charged with a crime – and his attorney is “confident that he will not be charged” – but police are investigating the woman’s claim that Agholor raped her in the club at around 3 p.m. Thursday.
Detectives are working to track down video footage from the club, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said. Investigators will speak soon with Agholor, who was with at least two other Eagles players, according to Gambacorta. One of those players, linebacker Connor Barwin, acknowledged his own presence at the club, but he stated that he left around 2:30 p.m. (Twitter link via Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News).
The allegation against Agholor comes as the result of a financial dispute, a person with knowledge of the situation told Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ Advance Media. Agholor agreed to pay the dancer $1,400 for their time in a private room, but because she left before the time they agreed on expired, Agholor only paid her $800. The dancer then left the bar without informing management of the alleged rape, per the source, who informed Shorr-Parks that multiple dancers at the club have told management that Agholor didn’t do anything wrong. A source with ties to Agholor told Bowen that Shorr-Parks’ report is correct (Twitter link).
Agholor has since left Philadelphia for Florida, where he played high school football. The Eagles, meanwhile, issued a statement Friday in response to the allegations.
“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.”
Agholor, whom the Eagles used the 20th overall pick on in last year’s draft, caught 23 passes for 283 yards and a touchdown in 13 games as a rookie.