Sometimes when your sports team loses, it’s hard to get past it, which was proven by a man who sprang into action after a fire broke out in Philadelphia Monday morning.
Hakim Laws said he was walking down the street around 2 a.m. when he saw a fire on the second floor of a building. And that’s when another man named Nadir Darby began throwing children down to him from a window, which Laws, a former firefighter, told reporters about.
But as he was giving details, Laws threw a verbal jab at Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who on Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions fumbled the ball and dropped a pass in the first half.
Agholor was able to redeem himself in the second half with two touchdowns, but the Eagles still lost 27-24. And that loss was still eating at Laws when he spoke about the fire, because that’s when he called out the wide receiver.
“I see a guy hanging out the window screaming that his kids was in there, things like that,” Laws described. “So I ran to the back door to see if it was open and it was. I ran upstairs, and I was greeted with smoke. I ran back downstairs.”
“By that time the ladder truck was pulling up,” he added. “My man just started throwing babies out the window and we was catching them, unlike Agholor.”
Laws’ interview eventually went viral, and people seemed to get a kick out of what he said about the Eagles player.
And his comments were also seen by Agholor at some point, who, instead of responding with anger, decided to reward Laws for his heroic efforts.
“Thank you for being a hero in the community, would like to invite you and your family to the next home game,” he tweeted on Monday. “Twitter help me out and get me in touch with him.”
As for the people in the burning building, CBS Philly reports that 10 people were displaced, two had to go to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and another was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
There were six children in the upstairs apartment when the fire began.