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Report: Sooners’ leading tackler facing sexual assault accusations

.J. Yeldon, Frank Shannon AP

While no charges have been filed as of yet, an Oklahoma football player is the target of some very serious accusations, the Daily Oklahoman is reporting.

According to the paper, linebacker Frank Shannon has been accused of sexually assaulting a female student at his off-campus apartment Jan. 20.  The accusation comes in the form of a Title IX sexual misconduct allegation report obtained from the university.

From the paper, relating to that report:

…the woman alleges that after a party, she intended to walk home. Shannon offered her a ride, but said he first needed to drop off friends near his apartment.

Shannon allegedly took the woman into his bedroom. According to the complaint, he came up behind her, pulled down her pants and attempted to have sex with her.

The complainant said Shannon became frustrated when she wouldn’t cooperate.

Shannon allegedly 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.

For those unaware, Title IX is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Under Title IX, the U.S. Department of Education website states, “discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.” All incidents of alleged sexual misconduct involving students must be reported when the university becomes aware of such an allegation.

The Norman Police Department is currently investigating the accusations, but, again, no charges have been filed. It should be noted, however, that the matter is not completely out of the university’s hands as, according to Title IX guidelines, “[a] criminal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment or sexual violence does not relieve the school of its duty under Title IX to resolve complaints promptly and equitably.”

As a redshirt sophomore in 2013, Shannon started all 13 games and led the Sooners in tackles with 92. He neither practiced last Thursday nor played in Saturday’s spring game due to what head coach Bob Stoops described as personal reasons.

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7 Responses to “Report: Sooners’ leading tackler facing sexual assault accusations”
  1. 4512dawg4512 says: Apr 17, 2014 9:02 AM

    I met Frank, he’s a good guy. I don’t believe the allegations at all

  2. thraiderskin says: Apr 17, 2014 9:16 AM

    Only in the big12… god I hope I’m the first to be that guy.

  3. 4512dawg4512 says: Apr 17, 2014 11:32 AM

    Hahaha I just read that report again. He said, lets have sex, she said no, he said Are you a dunch? She said yes, and he said “later on” and went to the bathroom…. Thats hilarious, if there is anything wrong with that than I think every friend I had in college would probably be in jail right now

  4. jbaxt says: Apr 17, 2014 12:49 PM

    Stay classy Big (leftover) 12.

  5. sallust99 says: Apr 17, 2014 4:29 PM

    No charges filed. Case closed.

  6. dhardy8207 says: Apr 18, 2014 9:34 AM

    “the woman alleges that after a party, she intended to walk home. Shannon offered her a ride, but said he first needed to drop off friends near his apartment.”

    Offering a ride and informing her he had to drop off some friends on the way doesn’t mean you get out and go into the apartment.

    “Shannon allegedly took the woman into his bedroom. According to the complaint, he came up behind her, pulled down her pants and attempted to have sex with her.”

    Did he drag her or forcibly tote her to his room or did she follow? Again, even if he invited her into the apartment, she should have stayed in common areas, voluntarily retreating to a more intimate room as his bedroom would send most guys the signal that you are willing to indulge in sexual activity.

    These young ladies need to learn how to stop putting themselves insituations where their intentions are misread. There was no force used in this incident, she voluntarily placed herself in a questionable situation.

  7. dg0122 says: Apr 18, 2014 9:41 AM

    “Excuse me young fair maiden but do you happen to be upon the time of your monthly visitor?” is what he actually said

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