Last Friday, former Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman attended the Bears’ game at Rice and was seen hanging out in the locker room and speaking to players following the game. Because of the nature of his arrest over the summer and his history with the team, the school has made a big decision on Oakman’s future at Baylor games.
Oakman stayed in trouble for most of his career in Waco and in July, he was indicted on sexual assault charges. Baylor announced that Oakman would not be permitted to “Baylor-owned facilities” and could not be in their locker room at future road games.
“Baylor did not invite Shawn Oakman onto the field or into the locker room,” the statement said.
“He made his way there after the game but did not address the team. As indicated earlier today, Coach Grobe did not recognize that Oakman was in the locker-room area as coach gave his postgame address. Oakman spoke personally with a few former teammates and left the stadium. Oakman is not permitted in Baylor-owned facilities nor in the locker room at future away games.”
One of the players Oakman was seen speaking to was starting quarterback Seth Russell.
The senior said that Oakman is “a great guy” and that he was caught up in an unfortunate situation.
Here's exactly what Baylor QB Seth Russell said about Shawn Oakman, who was in the locker room after the Rice win. pic.twitter.com/Z6p0tQHNXg
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Whatever happens, it is probably for the best that the Bears ended up making this decision about the former defensive end. The Bears next face off against Oklahoma State on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EST on FOX.