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Suspended LB claims Oklahoma made him a ‘scapegoat’

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Oklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon isn’t pulling any punches after being suspended by the university for a year due to an accusation of sexual assault.

Shannon’s attorney, Aletia Timmons, spoke with the media Friday. Timmons painted a completely different picture than the one that was originally given regarding Shannon’s status.

The most pertinent statement made to the media was Shannon’s claim of innocence.

Shannon and his representation took the linebacker’s claims a step further.

The university reportedly conducted an internal investigation before it handed down it’s punishment. In doing so, Shannon claims the school “failed” him and made him into a “scapegoat.” Shannon even submitted to a polygraph test to clear his name.

Shannon never considered the possibility of transferring from the University of Oklahoma.

“I’m not running,” Shannon told Timmons during their initial meeting, according to The Oklahoman. “I’m not going to be branded as a rapist.”

Instead, Shannon plans to publicly protest the university’s decision to have him suspended.

Shannon’s adamant views make this a compelling case. The university and its football team have to err on the side of caution. Whereas, Shannon obviously feels like his name is being dragged through the mud.

The only thing that bring some finality to this case is the results of the ongoing investigation by the police department. The university can’t budge on its current stance after stating it “takes very seriously its obligation in cases like this.” And Shannon shouldn’t back down if he’s innocent.

Shannon, who was Oklahoma’s leading tackler a year ago, still has the “ability to appeal any decision reached by the University to a district court.” Until then, he’ll have to wait on the sidelines until some type of decision is made.

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  1. godsholytrousers says: Aug 29, 2014 6:33 PM

    I have two boys, one a junior in high school, and one a freshman in college. I pray that they choose wisely. For Shannon, I hope he didn’t do it, one way or the other. Regardless, he has nothing left but a stained reputation. Life is cruel.

  2. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Aug 29, 2014 6:47 PM

    I don’t know why… but I almost believe him.

    The only thing that makes me even iffy is the “he refused to have intercourse with her” statement. As a male that’s pretty hard to believe.

  3. bama75 says: Aug 29, 2014 6:52 PM

    So DGB pushes a lady down stairs, gets in other trouble and OU tries to get him cleared and this guy gets suspended? Not saying either decision is right or wrong but it definitely sends some really confusing signals. Not saying it’s just OU but all of these schools need to start being more consistent with their punishments.

  4. dirtymcgirty says: Aug 29, 2014 7:24 PM

    Why is it hard to believe a guy didn’t want to have sex with a girl on her period?

    Girls all hang out together at the beginning of the night. At the end of the night, they all split up to hook up with guys. When their friends all leave, the one who’s on her period doesn’t want to be all alone.. so she’ll pretend she’s about to hook up with a guy, only to spring it on then that it’s that time of the month when they’re alone in his bedroom, or worse yet, in his bed. College girls do that all the time. If they tell you their on their period upfront, they know you’re not gonna invite them over. They know they can tell you afterwards ‘cuz if you get mad and kick them out, you know they’ll never come over again.. so you have to pretend it’s no big deal. Frank evidently got mad. That’s a big no no.

  5. felipeuofmich says: Aug 29, 2014 9:43 PM

    @dirtymcgirty Frank Shannon did not kick the girl out. He got up and refused to have sex with her. She ran out and started screaming rape. I didn’t know what to believe at first. Now with a passed polygraph and Shannon standing up for himself and not backing down, I definitely believe he is innocent. This college girl is damaging the life of another student and obviously with nothing holding her accountable for her lies. If the DA could read throught the b.s. then OU needs to back off and let Shannon lead his life in class and on the field.

  6. 4512dawg4512 says: Aug 30, 2014 12:14 AM

    Shanon did all the right things. Suspending him or punishing him in any way is setting a bad example for people in general and especially other students that find themselves in the situation he was in. I understand that the NCAA over-reacts with ‘punishments’ when programs don’t react strongly to critical matters but this is not one of those situations. I hope that the appeal goes in Shannon’s favor and I commend him for fighting it vehemently. Not only to play for his school and his teammates and his fans but more importantly to clear his name from a ridiculous situation in which charges were not even filed. All my best #20

  7. dhardy8207 says: Aug 30, 2014 8:26 AM

    “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”… If this young man passed a polygraph then the young lady needs to submit to one. If it is found that she is lying then she needs to be held accountable in a court of law. This type of charge could carry over in affecting his status to be drafted especially with the NFL recently passing new serious sanctions regarding punishment for Domestic Violence.

    In my generation most young ladies wouldn’t dare try to have sex while on their cycle, but now days times have changed. I work in the medical field and have had young ladies admit during an H&P that they have not only had sex while on their cycle but prefer anal sex because they don’t want to worry about pregnancy. Those particularly who have issues controlling their weight because most oral contraceptives can cause weight gain.

  8. 10kmp says: Aug 30, 2014 10:25 AM

    This guy is doing what innocent people do… he’s telling anyone who will listen that he didn’t do anything wrong. He took, and passed with “flying colors”, a polygraph. He is refusing to be bullied by Oklahoma and its politically correct, erring on the side of caution (screw the young man) system of justice. He isn’t hiding behind PR spin written by a lawyer, or saying he ‘can’t comment right now’. He’s screaming ‘I didn’t do it!’ Anyone who thinks there aren’t women who will regularly attempt to pull this B.S. is naive. Brian Banks, anyone???

  9. sparky151 says: Aug 30, 2014 12:39 PM

    Colleges are being pressured by the Department of Education to lower their standards of proof in he said/she said cases. Not many schools give basic due process rights to accused students. There may or may not be a presumption of innocence. It used to be proof beyond a reasonable doubt was the standard but DoE wants preponderance of the evidence. There is frequently no right to counsel or right to cross examine the witnesses against the accused. Sometimes the defendant can’t even present witnesses in his own defense or even know who testified against him. The decisions in campus tribunals are frequently made by administrators with HR or women’s studies backgrounds.

  10. reesesteel23 says: Sep 4, 2014 12:01 PM

    This happens all the time. Don’t try to take his side now. He was a thug and rapists before all this came out. The should have backpedalling in the next olympics

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