After running into some trouble, it seems Nelson Agholor has put the whole situation behind him, and we should let him.
It is safe to say that last month is one that Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor would just as soon like to forget.
It was in June that he was accused of sexual assault by a dancer at Cheerleaders, a strip club in South Philly, just a stone’s throw away from the NovaCare Complex.
Once the police completed their investigation, it was announced that Agholor would face no charges due to a lack of evidence. That shouldn’t come as a surprise since the whole incident had “shakedown” written all over it.
But that doesn’t change the fact that Agholor put himself in a very bad situation. It is one that could have cost him everything he has worked so hard for since being drafted by the Eagles with the 20th overall pick last year out of USC.
And it sounds like Agholor is well aware of that.
This week Agholor reported for Eagles training campo and while not talking about the specifics of what happened, he seems very cognizant of what kind of trouble this could have led to.
“To be honest with you, there were points I thought an opportunity that was given to me to play for this organization and to have the life I have could have been taken from me.
“I put myself in that position going there, and to be honest with you, as I look at it, at the end of the day, it’s either neutral or negative consequences being in a place like that. So I made the wrong decision being there.
“I made a [poor] decision. I wish I didn’t. But at the end of the day, I have to make a conscious effort every day when I wake up to feed myself the right stuff and be around the right people and make the right decisions and hold myself accountable. So that’s what I’m going to do.”
via CSN Philly.com
So it sure seems like Agholor knows he messed up royally and has no intention of putting himself in a position like that again.
And it’s even more important for Eagles fans to let him do just that.
In this city, we have a tendency to never let our sports stars forget any misstep, no matter how minor. When they screw up on the field, we bring it up on sports radio constantly. When they do well, we remind everyone that they are far from perfect.
It is an unfortunate part of the sports culture in Philadelphia.
Agholor is a 23-year-old kid with more money than he probably knows what to do with. He went to a strip club, had an encounter with a dancer who had an agenda, and will likely be reminded of it for the rest of his life, which is a shame.
Agholor has obviously beat himself up pretty good over the whole ugly incident. There is no need for Eagles fan to pile on even more.