Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Frank Shannon (20) celebrates a sack against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Oklahoma defeated Alabama 45-31. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma Football: Sooners LB Frank Shannon accused of sexual assault

Oklahoma’s leading linebacker Frank Shannon has been accused of sexually assaulting a female student on Jan. 20 at his off-campus apartment, according to a report obtained by The Oklahoman.

Shannon, a 6-1, 229-pound native of Dallas, led the Sooners with 92 tackles as a redshirt sophomore and had two sacks and one interception for the winners of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. He missed Oklahoma’s spring game last Saturday with what head coach Bob Stoops referred to as “personal reasons” and now we know what those reasons would be.

According to the Title IX sexual misconduct allegation report:

“Shannon offered to drive the woman home after dropping off friends near his off-campus apartment when Shannon allegedly took the woman into his bedroom came up behind her, pulled down her pants and attempted to have sex with her.

The complainant then says Shannon was frustrated when she refused and asked if she was menstruating, and when she said yes, he went to the bathroom. At that time, she left and met a friend in the parking lot, whom the woman had texted to come get her. The friend called the police.”

These accounts do not corroborate with Shannon’s account of the night, according to the report.

“Shannon said the woman laid on top of him, kissed him and removed her own clothing. Shannon said he asked if she was menstruating, and that the woman said, “No,” at which point they argued about it and Shannon left to go to the bathroom.

The report states that Shannon said the woman is accusing him because she wanted to set him up for a rape charge, or that she was embarrassed that he wouldn’t have sex with her.”

More text messages between the woman and the person she was texting show the woman saying she was raped and she does not want any kind of media attention involving the Oklahoma football team saying,  “The “last thing” her sorority needs is this kind of media attention involving the football team.”

This news comes out the same day as the New York Times published a detailed account of the sexual assault investigation into eventual Heisman Trophy winning quarterback and national champion, Jameis Winston, of the Florida State Seminoles.

Oklahoma has declined comment at this time as they are undoubtedly gathering as much information into this matter as possible.

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